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William CRAIK

(1761-1814)

CRAIK, William, a Representative from Maryland; born near Port Tobacco, Md., October 31, 1761; attended Delameve School in Frederick County; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Port Tobacco and Leonardtown; moved to Baltimore; was appointed chief justice of the fifth judicial district of Maryland January 13, 1793, and served until his resignation in 1796; elected as a Federalist to the Fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jeremiah Crabb; reelected to the Fifth and Sixth Congresses and served from December 5, 1796, to March 3, 1801; again appointed chief justice of the fifth judicial district of Maryland and served from October 20, 1801, to January 28, 1802; resided in Frederick, Md.; died prior to 1814.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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