Edward Cross (politician)

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Edward Cross
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1845
Preceded by Archibald Yell
Succeeded by Archibald Yell
Personal details
Born November 11, 1798 (1798-11-11)
Hawkins County, Tennessee
Died April 6, 1887 (1887-04-07) (aged 88)
Hempstead County, Arkansas
Citizenship  United States
Political party Democratic
Children

David Cross

Mary Frances Witherspoon
Profession

Attorney judge

politician

railway president

Edward Cross (November 11, 1798 – April 6, 1887) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Arkansas.

Biography[edit]

Cross was born in Hawkins County, Tennessee, and he attended public schools during his youth. He studied law and was admitted to the bar.

Career[edit]

In 1826 Cross moved to Arkansas and was appointed as a federal judge for the Territory of Arkansas on May 26, 1830. From April 30, 1836 to September 1, 1838 he served as United States surveyor general for Arkansas.[1]

Cross was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth, Twenty-seventh, and Twenty-eighth United States Congresses between March 4, 1839 and March 3, 1845.[2] During the Twenty-eighth Congress he served as chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims.

Cross served as a justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court from July 1845 to 1855. Cross served as president of the Cairo & Fulton Railway (later the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway from 1855 to 1862. In 1874 he was appointed attorney general of Arkansas.

Death[edit]

Cross died at his residence, Marlbrook, near Washington, Hempstead County, Arkansas on 6 April 1887 (age 88 years, 146 days). He was interred at his residence,[3] then his remains were moved and interred at the Marlbrook Cemetery near modern-day Blevins Arkansas in the 20th century. Cross County, Arkansas is named for his son, David Cross.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Edward Cross". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Edward Cross". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Edward Cross". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Archibald Yell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1845
Succeeded by
Archibald Yell