Edwin L. Crawford

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Edwin L. Crawford (April 10, 1925 – September 27, 1993) was a 20th-century American politician, most notable for having served as Broome County, New York's first county executive, and was "a leader in efforts to modernize county governments through the United States."[1]


Crawford was born in Broome County and served in the 17th Airborne Division in Europe during World War II. After the war, he graduated from Cornell University and Cornell Law School and practiced law from 1950 to 1977.

He was appointed the first county executive of Broome County in 1968.[2] After retiring from politics, he served as executive director of the New York State Association of Counties.

Crawford died of prostate cancer in 1993. The Edwin L. Crawford County Office Building in downtown Binghamton is named after him.


  1. ^ Edwin Crawford, 68; Ran Counties Group, The New York Times, October 1, 1993, retrieved 2008-05-31 
  2. ^ GOP picks Crawford to be first Executive, Binghamton, New York: The Evening Press, December 10, 1968, p. 1A 
Political offices
New office Broome County, New York Executive
1968 – 1975
Succeeded by
Donald McManus
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Executive Director of the New York State Association of Counties
1977 – 1993
Succeeded by
John R. Zagame