CRAWFORD, Joel, a Representative from Georgia; born in Columbia County, Ga., June 15, 1783; completed preparatory studies; studied law at the Litchfield Law School; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Sparta in 1808; moved to Milledgeville, Ga., in 1811; served in the war against the Creek Indians as second lieutenant and aide-de-camp to Brigadier General Floyd in 1813 and 1814; resumed the practice of law in Milledgeville; member of the State house of representatives 1814-1817; elected as a Republican to the Fifteenth Congress and reelected to the Sixteenth Congress (March 4, 1817-March 3, 1821); returned to Sparta, Hancock County, in 1828; member of the State senate in 1827 and 1828; appointed a commissioner to run the boundary line between Alabama and Georgia in 1826; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Georgia in 1828 and 1831; delegate to the International Improvement Convention in 1831; elected in 1837 a State commissioner to locate and construct the Western & Atlantic Railroad; died near Blakely, Early County, Ga., April 5, 1858; interment in the family burying ground on his plantation in Early County, Ga.

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External Research Collections

Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library

Durham, NC
Papers: 1839, 1 item. A letter from Joel Crawford to an unidentified resident from Sparta (Hancock Co.), Georgia written in 1839. In the letter, Joel Crawford gives information on the construction of the Western and Atlantic Railroad.

Georgia Department of Archives and History

Atlanta, GA
Papers: In File II - Counties, Names, Subjects; ca. 1789-1981, amount unknown. Persons represented include Joel Crawford.
Papers: In the Georgia Governor's Commissions for Public Officials, ca. 1838-1928, amound unknown. Original Document of commission made by Governor G.R. Gilmer appointing Joel Crawford, Railroad Commissioner for the State for an indeterminate term. January 8, 1838.
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