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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


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.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –

Date of Transcription: 5 January 2008

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