McCrea was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and rose in the ranks of the Pennsylvania Railroad over the course of years prior to his presidency. He first worked for the Connellsville and Southern Pennsylvania Railroad in June, 1865, as a rodman and assistant engineer, and later worked for the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad and Allegheny Valley Railroad, until he came to the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1871. 
At the time of his death March 28, 1912, he lived in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
- Railway World, vol. 57 (Philadelphia: 1913), p. 345.
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1907 – 1912
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