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George Walker CRAWFORD

(1798-1872)

CRAWFORD, George Walker, a Representative from Georgia; born in Columbia County, Ga., December 22, 1798; was graduated from Princeton College in 1820; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1822 and commenced practice in Augusta, Ga.; attorney general of the State 1827-1831; 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; Governor of Georgia 1843-1847; appointed Secretary of War in the Cabinet of President Taylor and served from March 8, 1849, to July 23, 1850; presided over the State secession convention in 1861; died on his estate, “Bel Air,” near Augusta, Ga., July 27, 1872; interment in Summerville Cemetery.

Bibliography

Cleveland, Len G. “George W. Crawford of Georgia, 1798-1872.” Ph.D. diss., University of Georgia, 1974.

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

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