This brief biographical sketch of Edward Farish, who was a member of the Cyclone Club, appears in Encyclopedia of the history of St. Louis:
Farish, Edward T., lawyer, was born in Woodville, Mississippi, in 1836, and came of a very prominent family of that State. His father was a distinguished physician and his mother was a granddaughter of Sir William Hamilton. Left an orphan when he was eleven years of age, he was reared under the guardianship of relatives of his father, and was educated at St. Louis University, from which institution he was graduated in the class of 1854. He studied law under the preceptorship of Honorable A. Fenby, and was admitted to the bar in 1856. Soon after his admission he became associated in practice with the Garesches, who in their day were among the most distinguished members of the St. Louis bar. Later he practiced in partnership with Honorable R.A. Bakewell, and in later years has continued his law practice alone. While he is a close student and a judicious counselor, he has been especially conspicuous as an eloquent advocate and a trial lawyer of very superior attainments. He has served St. Louis as city counselor and is numbered among the ablest of those who have held this office. An occasional contributor to the press, he is known as a polished and forcible writer, as well as a sound and able lawyer.