Richard M. Edwards (1864 - June 11, 1942) was an American mining engineer. Born in Michigan, Edwards attended the Columbia School of Mines in New York, New York and graduated in 1886. Upon graduation, Edwards began working for the mining companies of Stephen R. Dow and Company in the Lake Superior district of Michigan. Edwards also held a teaching position at the Houghton College School of Mines in Houghton, Michigan following graduation until 1889. Two of the mining companies he worked for are the Tamarack Mining Company and the Isle Royale Copper Company. Edwards married in 1893.