Historic Markers Across Georgia

William Harris Crawford

Marker ID: GHM 109-1
Location: US 78 0.7 mile west of downtown Crawford
County: Oglethorpe
Coordinates: N 33° 53.076    W 083° 9.942
  33.88460159    -83.16570282
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6TGN
William Harris Crawford Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


William Harris Crawford, teacher, lawyer, duelist & statesman, was born in Va. Feb. 24, 1772, son of a poor farmer. Moving to Ga., at 14 he studied, taught & was admitted to the bar in 1799. He killed P.L. Van Alen, was severely wounded by Gov. Clark in Duels. Elected legislator in 1803, U.S. Senator in 1807 he was the youngest Pres. pro-tem of the Senate 1812-13. He was made Minister to France, 1813., U.S. Sec. of War 1815, & U.S. Sec. of Treas. 1816-25. Democratic nominee for Pres. 1824, he lost to John Q. Adams after a paralytic stroke. He was later elected Circuit Judge and died in Elberton Sept. 15, 1834. Arrow points toward his homesite and grave (150 yds.).