George A. Crawford

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George Addison Crawford (July 27, 1827 – January 26, 1891) was an American politician, lawyer and journalist.

Crawford was born in Clinton County, Pennsylvania.[1] He graduated from Jefferson College (now Washington & Jefferson College) in 1847.[2]

Crawford was a delegate to the Pennsylvania Democratic State Convention in 1855. In 1857, along with Norman Eddy and others, he purchased and founded the city of Fort Scott, Kansas. He was elected governor of Kansas in 1861; however the election was declared illegal before he could assume the post.[3]

In 1871, he was appointed commissioner to the Centennial Exposition by Ulysses S. Grant.

He was also the city founder of Grand Junction, Colorado (incorporated July 22, 1882).[1]:475 where he died and was buried. He is the namesake of Crawford, Colorado.[4]


  1. ^ a b Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. Standard Publishing Company. p. 474. 
  2. ^ Samuel, John Mills Eaton (1889). "Crawford, George Addison". Biographical and historical Catalogue of Washington and Jefferson College. Elm Street Printing Company. 
  3. ^ Egle, William Henry (1896). "Notes and Queries CCLXXVII - Hon. George Addison Crawford". Notes and queries: Chiefly relating to Interior Pennsylvania, Volume 3. 3. Daily Telegraph Print. p. 645. 
  4. ^ Capace, Nancy (1 March 1999). Encyclopedia of Colorado. North American Book Dist LLC. p. 178. ISBN 978-0-403-09813-2. 


  • A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, William E. Connelley, published 1918.