John McClannahan Crockett

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John McClannahan Crockett
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8th Lieutenant Governor of Texas
In office
1861–1863
Governor James Pinckney Henderson
Preceded by Edward Clark
Succeeded by Fletcher Stockdale
Personal details
Born (1816-12-26)December 26, 1816
Lancaster, South Carolina
Died August 4, 1887(1887-08-04) (aged 70)
Dallas, Texas
Political party Democratic
Profession Lawyer, politician

John McClannahan Crockett (December 26, 1816 – August 4, 1887) was a Texan lawyer, mayor of Dallas, and the Lieutenant Governor of Texas. A South Carolina native, Crockett moved to Texas in 1847. He became the second mayor of Dallas, and the Lieutenant Governor of Texas from 1861–1863.[1]

Early life[edit]

Crockett was born at Lancaster, South Carolina, on December 26, 1816. He studied at Franklin Academy in Lancaster. Before studying law, he was involved in a business career. He married Catherine W. Polk on March 17, 1837. He started studying law in 1841, and in 1844, he was granted a license to practice law.[1]

Life in Texas[edit]

Crockett and his wife, Catherine, moved to the city of Paris, Texas in 1847. In 1848 they moved to the Dallas area. William H. Hord, the brother-in-law of Crockett, was county judge there. Crockett started practicing law in the Dallas area, and also became deputy county clerk there. He became commissioner of the Mercer colony in 1850. In 1851 he became state representative from the Dallas area. He was involved in multiple court trials, and was a law partner of John Jay Good in the first half of the 1850s.[1]

Dallas was granted a town charter on February 2, 1856 by the Texas legislature.[2] He became the second mayor of Dallas in 1857. He served for three terms. He became meteorological observer for the Smithsonian Institution, Dallas in 1859, and the Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1861. He left the lieutenant governor's office in 1863. Despite a supportive constituency, he refused to enter the race for the governorship of Texas. He went back to the Dallas area to become superintendent of the Confederate arms factory in Lancaster, Texas. He was an incorporator of Dallas Grain, Elevator, and Flouring Company in 1872. In 1875 he became a charter member of the executive committee of the Dallas Pioneers Association.[1]

Death[edit]

Crockett died on August 4, 1887; he was interred at the Old Masonic Cemetery, Dallas.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e John McClannahan Crockett from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved on August 6, 2009.
  2. ^ Dallas, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved on August 6, 2009.
Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Clark
Lieutenant Governor of Texas
1861–1863
Succeeded by
Fletcher Stockdale