Crawford, George W., 1798-1872

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Crawford, George W., 1798-1872

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George Walker Crawford was the only Whig governor of Georgia from 1843-1847. Crawford was a Representative from Georgia; born in Columbia Country, GA on December 22, 1798. He graduated from Princeton College in 1820; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1822 and commenced practice in Augusta, GA. He became attorney general of the State from 1827-1831; served as a member of the State House of Representatives (1837-1842); elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Richard W. Habersham and served from January 7, 1843, to March 3, 1843. Crawford was appointed Secretary of War in the Cabinet of President Taylor and served from March 8, 1849, to July 23, 1850. He presided over the State secession convention in 1861.

Crawford died in his estate, "Bel Air," near Augusta, GA on July 27, 1872, and is buried in Summerville Cemetery.

Bio info from Len G. Cleveland's Ph. D. dissertation, "George W. Crawford of Georgia, 1798-1872" listed on the Biographical Directory of the US Congress website:


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