History of Greene County,
DAVID CRAWFORD, deceased, was one of the prominent attorneys
of Waynesburg, where he practiced his chosen profession for many years. He was born in Greensboro,
Greene County, Penn., June 18, 1825, and was a son of David
Crawford, one of the early settlers of the county. Mr. Crawford was the only son in a large
family, and at the time of his death, which occurred in March, 1886, he had but
three sisters living, viz, Mrs. Margaret Hager, of Rockford, Illinois; Mrs.
Mary Barrickman, of Virginia; and Mrs. Dr. James Way, Waynesburg. Mr. Crawford’s earlier education was acquired
in the rude log school-houses of Greene
County. When twelve years of age he was employed to
carry the Waynesburg Messenger, and
in 1841 he walked to Wheeling, W.
Va. After arriving in that
city he worked in a chair factory for some time, then returned to Waynesburg
and went to work in a saddle and harness shop kept by Amos Cleavenger. He improved all his leisure hours in study
and his industry attracted the attention of Hon. Jesse Lazear, who was one of the prominent
men of Waynesburg, and cashier of the Farmers’ and Drovers’ Bank. Mr. Lazear gave him a position as clerk in
the bank, and as all his time was not taken up with his duties there, he was
enabled to attend Waynesburg
College at the same
time. He took an active interest in the
literary society of which he was a member, and was debater for the Union
society in its first contest with the Philomathean, 1852. His opponent in this contest was Lorenzo
Danford, who was afterwards elected member of Congress from Ohio.
After Mr. Crawford had finished his education he read law in the office
of John C. Flenniken, and was admitted to practice in 1853. He practiced law until he received the
appointment of chief clerk of the Indian Bureau at Washington, D. C., which
office he held during the administration of Pierce and Buchanan. He was a member of the Board of Commission
and was sent to conclude a treaty with the Chippewas. He succeeded in settling without was, and so attracted
the fancy of an Indian chief that he presented him with a saddle and bridle
handsomely ornamented with beads and trinkets.
After the expiration of his term of office, Mr. Crawford resumed his law
practice and succeeded in accumulating a fair share of this world’s goods. He served as cashier of the Farmer’ and
Drovers’ Bank for a period of twelve years.
Mr. Crawford took an active interest in the Democratic party in Pennsylvania and other
States. He was a useful member in the Cumberland
Presbyterian Church, and a strong advocate of temperance. He was united in marriage, February 5, 1857,
with Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Major Remembrance H. Lindsey.
History of Greene County,
Samuel P. Bates
Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago.
Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles
The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies
Project – http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~arkbios/Greene/index.html.
Date of Transcription: 5 January 2008
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