Edison P. McDaniels, Sr, LLB., J.D. (Ret) was born at Wright City, Okla on August 7, 1923. He attended Hall High School of Hennessey, Oklahoma, Nellie N. Coffman Grammar School of Palm Springs, California, and graduated from Palm Spring High School on 29 May 1942.
McDaniels married and was drafted into the army on 23 February 1943. He saw six months combat in the Normandy Campaign ETO and was discharged from Army Combat Casualty 25 May 1945.
McDaniels attended San Bernardino Valley College and graduated with Associate of Arts Degree 17 June 1955. He did two semesters at Riverside City College, and the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. He transferred into Southwestern University School of Law and graduated with an LLB Degree in 1961. He was issued Dr. Juris Degree in 1994.