A straightforward approach that does not involve delta-function techniques is used to rigorously derive a generalized electric dyadic Green's function which defines uniquely the electric field inside as well as outside the source region. The electric dyadic Green's function, unlike the magnetic Green's function and the impulse functions of linear circuit theory, requires the specification of two dyadics: the conventional dyadic G-eoutside its singularity and a source dyadic L-which is determined solely from the geometry of the "principal volume" chosen to exclude the singularity of G-e. The source dyadic L-is characterized mathematically, interpreted physically as a generalized depolarizing dyadic, and evaluated for a number of principal volumes (self-cells) which are commonly used in numerical integration or solution schemes. Discrepancies at the source point among electric dyadic Green's functions derived by a number of authors are shown to be explainable and reconcilable merely through the proper choice of the principal volume. Moreover, the ordinary delta-function method, which by itself is shown to be inadequate to extract uniquely the proper electric dyadic Green's function in the source region, can be supplemented by a simple procedure to yield unambiguously the correct Green's function representation and associated fields.