James Herbert Edwards was born March 19th, 1949 in upstate New York. He graduated from Scotia Glenville High School, in Scotia, New York, and West Virginia University, in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Jim played football in high school and in college as well as holding a 3.2 g.p.a. with studies in Chemistry and Mathematics. When Jim graduated he went into the oil and gas business and eventually started his own company.
He married his college sweetheart, Joan Cooper, and they have one child, a daughter named Tecoyakee. They currently live outside the country on a private island.