Martin J. Crawford

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(17 March, 1820 -- 23 July, 1883) Crawford was an American lawyer, soldier, and politician. Born in Jasper County, Ga., Crawford studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1839. Crawford served as a member of the State House of Representatives from 1845 to 1847 and moved to Columbus Ga. in 1849. Crawford served as a delegate to the Southern convention at Nashville in May 1850 and was judge of the Superior Courts of the Chatahoochee circuit from Febrary 1st, 1854 to November 1854. Crawford was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fourth, Thirty-fifth, and Thirty-sixth Congresses and served from March 4th, 1855, until January 23rd, 1861. After he withdrew, Crawford was elected to the Confederate Provisional Congress and served from January 1861 to February 22nd, 1862. Crawford was later appointed as special commissioner to the Government of the United States at Washington. Crawford raised the Third Georgia Cavalry Regiment in May 1862, and was reassigned a year later to the staff with Maj. Gen. Howell Cobb. After the Civil War, Crawford was appointed judge of the superior court of the Chattahoochee circuit to fill a vacancy after the resignation of Judge James Johnson in 1875. Crawford served in this role until 1880, when he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia to fill a vacancy, serving in this role until his death in 1883. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at]

Member of Georgia Delegation—The Road to Civil War.

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