He taught school, and during the Civil War entered the Union Army in 1861 as lieutenant in the Sixteenth Ohio Battery. He participated in the principal engagements along the Mississippi River and mustered out in 1865.
He moved to a farm in Carlyle, Kansas in 1867. Funston served as member of the Kansas House of Representatives (1873–1876) and was Speaker in 1875. He served in the Kansas Senate (1880–1884), and was Senate President in 1880.
Funston was elected as a Republican to the Forty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Dudley C. Haskell. He was reelected to the Forty-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 21, 1884, to March 3, 1893. He served as chairman of the Agriculture Committee (Fifty-first Congress).
He presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Fifty-third Congress and served from March 4, 1893 until August 2, 1894, when he was succeeded by Horace L. Moore, who successfully contested the election. After leaving Congress, Funston returned to his Kansas farm.
In 1861, Funston married 18-year-old Ann Eliza Mitchell of West Charleston, Ohio; she was a cousin of his Civil War battery commander and a great-grandniece of Daniel Boone. Their children included: Frederick; James Burton; Pogue Warwick; Ella (Eckdall); Aldo; and Edward H. Jr. They were also the parents of two other children, a boy and a girl, who died in infancy.
- Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. Standard Publishing Company. pp. 703.
- "Fred Funston's Restless Life of Adventure". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, IL. May 7, 1899. p. 33.
- "Hon E. H. Funston Dead". Daily Republican. Cherryvale, KS. September 12, 1911. p. 1.
- Denger, Mark J. (February 8, 2016). "Major-General Frederick Funston, U.S.V." Californians and the Military. Sacramento, CA: California Center for Military History.
- United States Congress. "Edward H. Funston (id: F000429)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-10-10
- Edward H. Funston at Find a Grave
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Dudley C. Haskell
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 2nd congressional district
March 21, 1884 – August 2, 1894
Horace L. Moore
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