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William Lyne Crawford

W.L. Crawford
Full Name: William Lyne Crawford
Birth date: January 23, 1839
Death date: February 17, 1920

Terms of Service

  • House, 22nd (1) (2) (3) Legislature
    3/14/1892 - 1/10/1893
(1) "Said to be void," 12/2/1891, p. 2; "Think Crawford certainly elected," 12/3/1891, p. 2; "What his leisure means: why the Governor does not order election to fill vacancies," 12/5/1891, p. 6: "The Denton Record-Chronicle states that the tickets used in the election for floater in Dallas and Rockwall counties, containing an error which invalidates Colonel Crawford's election, were sent out by the state, and the mistake, which substituted Thirty-ninth for Thirty-fifth, is inexcusable." Galveston Daily News .
(2) 22nd Legislature, 1st C.S., 3/14/1892, p. 2 - J.A. Beall of Ellis, W.L. Crawford of Dallas, and S.G. Ragsdale of Burleson presented their credentials, took oath of office and assumed their seats. House Journal .
(3) William L. Crawford, in special election 12/1/1891, sworn 3/14/1892, succeeded James W. Crayton, Jr., resigned 5/11/1891. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources


  • Photograph. W.L. Crawford, Constitutional Convention of 1875 Composite Photo. From the collection of the Texas State Library and Archives Commisison.

Other Resources

  • Confederate States Army, Lieutenant Colonel, Company A, transfer to Company S, 19th Texas Infantry, enlistment date 12/1/1861 as Captain, rank changes to Major and Lt. Col., died 1920 in Dallas. William L. Crawford, U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Ancestry.com .
  • Obituary, "Noted Attorney Dies Suddenly in Dallas" and photo, "Dallas' Most Celebrated Attorney Dies Suddenly Here after 81 Years of Robust Living as Soldier and Lawyer," "Memory of Colonel Crawford Is Revered by Many Lawyers," "A Mighty Oak Has Fallen," 2/18/1920, pp. 3, 12. "Dallas Bar to Hold Memorial Services for W.L. Crawford," 2/21/1920, p. 9. "Lawyers Pay Tribute to Colonel Crawford," including biographical portions of resolutions adopted, 2/22/1920, p. 12. Dallas Morning News .
  • Wm Lyne Crawford, birth date 1/23/1839 in Bardstown, Kentucky; death date 2/17/1920 in Dallas, Dallas County; Texas; lawyer. FamilySearch Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 .
  • William Lyne Crawford, birth date 1/23/1839 in Estill County, Kentucky; death date 2/17/1920, in Dallas, Texas; burial in Oakland Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas County. Find a Grave .
  • Obituary, "Col. William L. Crawford Dies at His Home in Dallas," 2/18/1920, p. 7. "A Mighty Oak Has Fallen," 2/19/1920, p. 6, Democrat. Galveston Daily News .
  • William L. Crawford II/Jr. mentioned in obituary of his father [Meriwether Lewis Crawford], "Judge M.L. Crawford Died Sunday Morning," 5/16/1910, p. 3. Relatives: Col. William L. Crawford - uncle; William L. Crawford II - nephew. Galveston Daily News .
  • Career of William Lyne Crawford discussed in "Col. W.L. Crawford," by Robert E. Cowart. Texas Bar Association: Proceedings of the 41st Annual Session . . . 1922, pp. 194-199. Google Books .
  • CRAWFORD, WILLIAM LYNE (1839-1920). Handbook of Texas Online .
  • Mentioned in CRAWFORD, KATHERINE LESTER (1864-1947). Handbook of Texas Online .
  • W.L. Crawford of Marion listed in Democratic State Convention, 1873, Committee of Platform and Resolutions, p. 158; Democratic State Convention, 1876, delegates to national convention, p. 173. W.L. Crawford of Dallas listed in Democratic State Convention, 1886, Committee of Platform and Resolutions, p. 238; and State Convention of "Gold" Democrats, Presidential Electors, 1896, p. 367. Platforms of Political Parties in Texas 1916.
  • William Lyne Crawford. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide 2002.

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