J. W. Crowdus

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John William Crowdus
Mayor of Dallas, Texas
In office
Preceded by J. J. Good
Succeeded by William L. Cabell
Personal details
Born (1828-07-06)July 6, 1828
Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky
Died September 11, 1895(1895-09-11) (aged 67)
Dallas, Texas
Resting place Pioneer Cemetery, Dallas, Texas
Nationality  USA
Spouse(s) Fannie Bell Hammond, Ms. Margaret Adeline Lindsey
Children Anna A., Elizabeth J., Hattie Rebecca, Eugine Hammond, Fanny Adline, Ida Sue
Alma mater St. Louis Medical College
Occupation Physician
Military service
Allegiance CSA
Service/branch 3rd Missouri Infantry
Rank Surgeon

Dr. John William Crowdus (July 6, 1828 – September 11, 1895), a physician, was mayor of Dallas from 1881 to 1883.


Dr. John William Crowdus was born July 6, 1828 in Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky to Mark Crowdus and Frances Bush Eubank. He married Fannie Hammond in 1849 probably in Simpson County, Kentucky.[1] They had six children. Their daughter, Elizabeth, married Thomas Marsalis, land developer and founder of Oak Cliff. After the death of his first wife in 1885, Dr. Crowdus married Mrs. Margaret Adeline Lindsey Bickham.[2]

J. W. Crowdus attended St. Louis Medical College at St. Louis University.[3] Dr. Crowdus practiced medicine in Robertson County, Tennessee and Neosho, Newton County, Missouri before coming to Texas.[4][5] He joined the 3rd Missouri Infantry as a Surgeon. He appears on a list of Confederate soldiers in hospital at Elm Springs, Arkansas paroled by G. W. Kelly, Major 4th Cavalry Regt., Missouri on November 2, 1862.[6]

After the Civil War, Dr. Crowdus and family moved to Dallas, Texas where he set up practice and became involved in civic affairs. He was elected Dallas city alderman in 1875 and served until 1878. In 1881 he was elected mayor of Dallas and served until 1883. Dr. Crowdus was also a prominent druggist and established a wholesale firm, J.W. Crowdus Drug Company in 1884.[2][7]

He died September 11, 1895 in Dallas from blood poisoning from a leg injury.[2] He was interred at Pioneer Cemetery.


  1. ^ Simpson County Kentucky records were destroyed in a fire in 1882.
  2. ^ a b c "Death of Dr. J. W. Crowdus." The Dallas Morning News, September 12, 1895, p. 8
  3. ^ Western druggist: A journal of Pharmacy, Chemistry and Allied Sciences. Volume 15, 1893. Chicago: G. P. Englehard & Co.p. 344 (accessed on Google Books December 4, 2010
  4. ^ 1850 Robertson County Tennessee census, NARA Publication M432, Roll 894, Page 146B.
  5. ^ 1860 Neosho, Newton, Missouri census, NARA Publication M653, Roll 636, Page 61.
  6. ^ Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Missouri, NARA Publication M322, Surname Starts with C.
  7. ^ Marie Louise Giles. The Early History of Medicine in Dallas, 1841-1900. Thesis (M.A.), University of Texas, 1951.