Theodore G. Croft

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Theodore Gaillard Croft
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 2nd district
In office
May 17, 1904 – March 3, 1905
Preceded by George W. Croft
Succeeded by James O'H. Patterson
Member of the South Carolina Senate from Aiken County
In office
January 12, 1909 – February 29, 1912
Preceded by Gasper Loren Toole
Succeeded by John Frederick Williams
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Aiken County
In office
January 8, 1907 – March 7, 1908
Personal details
Born (1874-11-26)November 26, 1874
Aiken, South Carolina
Died March 23, 1920(1920-03-23) (aged 45)
Aiken, South Carolina
Resting place Aiken, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of South Carolina (LL.B.)
Profession attorney
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1918
Rank Army-USA-OR-02.svg Private

Theodore Gaillard Croft (November 26, 1874 – March 23, 1920) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina, son of George William Croft.

Born in Aiken, South Carolina, Croft attended the common schools. He graduated from Bethel Military Academy in Warrenton, Virginia in 1895 and from the law department of the University of South Carolina at Columbia in 1897. He was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Aiken, South Carolina.

Croft was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, George W. Croft, and served from May 17, 1904, to March 3, 1905. While in Congress, he carried on his father's idea of building a post office in downtown Aiken.[1] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1904. He resumed the practice of law in Aiken, South Carolina. He later served as member of the State House of Representatives from 1907–1908. He served in the State Senate from 1909–1912.

After the outbreak of World War I, he enlisted in the U.S. Army October 29, 1918. He was assigned to duty as a private in the Field Artillery Central Officers' Training School, Camp Zachary Taylor, and served until December 5, 1918, when he was honorably discharged.

Afterward, he resumed the practice of law. He died in Aiken, South Carolina, March 23, 1920 and was interred in St. Thaddeus' Episcopal Churchyard.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George W. Croft
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 2nd congressional district

1904–1905
Succeeded by
James O'H. Patterson
  1. ^ Lord, Philip (22 February 1990). "Old Aiken Post Office Sold". Aiken Standard.