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William Thomas CRAWFORD

(1856-1913)

CRAWFORD, William Thomas, a Representative from North Carolina; born near Waynesville, Haywood County, N.C., June 1, 1856; attended the public schools and Waynesville Academy; member of the State house of representatives 1884-1888; engrossing clerk of the State house of representatives in 1889; was graduated from the law department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1890; was admitted to the bar in 1891 and commenced practice in Waynesville; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1895); delegate to the American Bimetallic League in Washington, D.C., in 1893; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Fifty-sixth Congress and served from March 4, 1899, to May 10, 1900, when he was succeeded by Richmond Pearson, who contested the election; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1900 to the Fifty-seventh Congress; delegate to the Democratic State conventions 1900-1912; delegate to the gubernatorial convention in 1908; elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth Congress (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1909); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1908 to the Sixty-first Congress; resumed the practice of law in Waynesville, N.C., where he died November 16, 1913; interment in Green Hill Cemetery.

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

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