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Coe Isaac Crawford


Posted By: S. Ferrall (email)
Date: 8/8/2005 at 07:55:49

Crawford, Coe Isaac, a Senator from South Dakota; born near Volney, Allamakee County, Iowa, January 14, 1858; attended the common and graded schools and was instructed by a private tutor; was graduated from the law department of the University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1882; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice at Independence, Iowa; moved to Pierre, Territory of Dakota, in 1883 and continued the practice of law; prosecuting attorney of Hughes County in 1887 and 1888; member of the last Territorial council in 1889; upon the admission of South Dakota as a State into the Union was elected as a member of the first State senate; attorney general of South Dakota 1892-1896; unsuccessful Republican candidate in 1896 for Representative at Large to the Fifty-fifth Congress; attorney for the Chicago & North Western Railway Co. for the State of South Dakota in 1897 and served until 1903, when he resigned; moved to Huron in 1897; Governor of South Dakota in 1907 and 1908; delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1908; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1909, to March 3, 1915; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1914; resumed the practice of law in Huron, S. Dak., until 1934, when he retired from active business and political life; died in Yankton, S. Dak., April 25, 1944; interment in Municipal Cemetery, Iowa City, Iowa.

-source: Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949; page 1031


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