KERR, Michael Crawford

KERR, Michael Crawford
Oil on canvas, Charles A. Gray, 1912, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives
1827–1876

Biography

KERR, Michael Crawford, a Representative from Indiana; born in Titusville, Crawford County, Pa., March 15, 1827; attended the common schools and Erie Academy; was graduated from the law department of Louisville (Ky.) University in 1851; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New Albany, Ind., in 1852; city attorney in 1854; prosecuting attorney of Floyd County in 1855; member of the State house of representatives in 1856 and 1857; reporter of the supreme court of Indiana 1862-1865; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1873); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1872 to the Forty-third Congress; elected to the Forty-fourth Congress and served from March 4, 1875, until his death; Speaker of the House of Representatives (Forty-fourth Congress); died at Rockbridge Alum Springs, Rockbridge County, Va., on August 19, 1876; interment in Fairview Cemetery, New Albany, Ind.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Indiana Historical Society

Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 10 scattered letters, most in William H. English papers. Inventory in repository.

Emory University
Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA
Papers: In the papers of James Pinkney Hambleton, 1857-1893, 0.5 linear foot. Correspondents include Michael Crawford Kerr.

Indiana Historical Society
William Henry Smith Library, Manuscript and Visual Collections Department

Indianapolis, IN
Papers: In the Walter Quintin Gresham papers, 1858-1946, 14 boxes, 6 volumes, 1 oversize box. Collection contains two political scrapbooks kept by Kerr.

Indiana State Library
Manuscript Section, Indiana Division

Indianapolis, IN
Papers: In the Noble and Davidson family papers, 1785-1868, 1 box. Correspondents include Michael Crawford Kerr.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in Manton Marble papers, 1838-1916, 208 linear feet.

University of Indiana
Lilly Library

Bloomington, IN
Papers: In the papers of James Addison Cravens, 1850-1893, 78 items. Correspondents include Michael Crawford Kerr.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Record of the Democratic speaker. [Washington: N.p., 1876].

U. S. Congress. Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Michael Crawford Kerr, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States. 44th Cong., 1 sess., 1877. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1877.

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