Charles Frederick Crisp

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Charles Frederick Crisp

Charles Frederick Crisp (born January 29, 1845 in Sheffield , England , †  October 23, 1896 in Atlanta , Georgia ) was an American politician ( Democratic Party ) and from 1891 to 1895 the 37th  speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States .

In the year of his birth, Charles Crisp's parents left England with their young son and emigrated to the United States, where the family settled in Georgia. The boy attended public schools in Savannah and Macon . After the outbreak of civil war , he joined the Confederate Army in May 1861 . He rose to lieutenant in an infantry regiment from Virginia , with whom he fought until his capture on May 12, 1864. After his release from Fort Delaware in June 1865, he returned to live with his parents in Ellaville .

As a result, Crisp studied in Americus the law , was admitted to the bar in 1866 and began practicing in Ellaville. In 1872 he became Solicitor General in the southwestern judicial district of Georgia, which he remained until 1877 when he was appointed judge in the superior court of the same district. The state parliament confirmed him to this post in 1878 and 1880.

During his second official term, Crisp resigned as a judge in September 1882 after the Democratic Party in the 3rd  Congressional District of Georgia nominated him as a candidate for election to the US House of Representatives. After his election victory, he moved into Congress on March 4, 1883 , where he subsequently chaired the Committee on Elections . On December 8, 1891, he replaced the Republican Thomas Brackett Reed as Speaker of the House of Representatives after the Democrats had won a majority in Parliament. He held this office until March 4, 1895; after that the Republicans again made up the majority and with Reed again the speaker of the house.

The following year, Crisp was run for election to the United States Senate . However , he died during the Democratic Primary in October 1896. Crisp County in Georgia is named after Charles Crisp. His son Charles also became a politician and sat for Georgia in Congress from 1913 to 1932.

Individual evidence

  1. Krakow, Kenneth K .: Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins . Winship Press, Macon, GA 1975, ISBN 0-915430-00-2 , p. 54.

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