|Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Nevada Territory|
December 2, 1861 – March 3, 1863
|Succeeded by||Gordon Newell Mott|
February 22, 1819|
|Died||February 22, 1872
Born in Circleville, Ohio, he attended the common schools; Kenyon College (in Gambier, Ohio) and Miami University (in Ohio). He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1840, and was appointed United States associate justice for the district of Utah on June 4, 1858.
In March 1859, Cradlebaugh convened a grand jury in Provo, Utah concerning the Mountain Meadows massacre and several other unsolved murders and crimes that occurred in the territory, but the jury declined any indictments. In doing this Cradlebaugh called out the federal troops and terrorized the local residents. His high handed actions on this occasion were condemned by both Utah Governor Alfred Cumming and United States Attorney General Jeremiah S. Black.
Cradlebaugh moved to Carson City, Nevada, and upon the formation of the Territory of Nevada was elected a Delegate to the Thirty-seventh Congress, serving from December 2, 1861, to March 3, 1863, during the first years of the American Civil War.
- Cradlebaugh, John (March 15, 1859), "Charge", in Anderson, Kirk, Valley Tan 1 (20): 1
- Cradlebaugh, John (March 29, 1859), "Discharge of the Grand Jury", in Anderson, Kirk, Valley Tan 1 (22): 3
- FARMS Review Vol. 15, Issue 2, p. 221]
- Cradlebaugh, John (February 7, 1863), Utah and the Mormons: a Speech on the Admission of Utah as a State, 37th United States Congress, 3rd Session
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Gordon Newell Mott
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