Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Crawford, Thomas Hartley

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Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography
Crawford, Thomas Hartley
Edition of 1900. See also Thomas Hartley Crawford on Wikipedia, and our Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography disclaimer. Supplement. In the 1900 edition, this entry was moved, with a small addition, from volume 2 to make room to expand the entry for sculptor Thomas Crawford, in particular the part corresponding to his son, author Francis Marion Crawford.

CRAWFORD, Thomas Hartley, lawyer, b. in Chambersburg, Pa., 14 Nov., 1786; d. in Washington, D. C., 27 Jan., 1863. He was graduated at Princeton in 1804, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1807, and began to practice in Chambersburg. Later he was elected as a Jackson democrat to congress, and was re-elected, serving from 7 Dec., 1829, till 2 March, 1833. During 1833 he was a member of the state legislature, and in 1836 was appointed a commissioner to investigate alleged frauds in the purchase of the reservation of the land of the Creek Indians. From 1838 till 1845 he held the office of commissioner of Indian affairs. In 1845 he was appointed judge of the criminal court of the District of Columbia, and continued as such for nearly forty years, until his death.