User:Pladuk

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Welcome to my user page. I began using Wikipedia as a resource in 2003 when I was teaching high school, and found it to be a huge help on some of the topics I was teaching. It was interesting to have some uncertainty about the reliability of the articles, but I was usually reading enough sources to verify things, and found that I was rarely, if ever, led astray by the material here. The only thing I remember correcting back then were some poorly phrased sentences on a page about galvanization.

I'm now a web consultant, and have just recently started contributing to Wikipedia. I'm very impressed with the level of activity here and am happy to lend a hand where I can.

I've never kept a blog or really gotten into online communities, but I enjoy the collaboration and productivity of contributing to Wikipedia. Looking forward to more!

I also enjoy construction, arts and crafts (in many mediums), cooking, and outdoor activities such as biking, swimming, hiking, camping, and snowboarding. I like watching movies and exploring new music. I am a news junkie and enjoy keeping up with current events on all topics, but especially science and technology, international news, health, business, and the arts.

William H. Crawford
William H. Crawford (1772–1834) was an American politician and judge during the early 19th century. He served as United States Secretary of War and United States Secretary of the Treasury before running for president in the 1824 election. Born in Virginia, Crawford moved to Georgia at a young age and studied law. In 1803 he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, and in 1807 the Georgia legislature elected him to the United States Senate. Under President James Madison, he was made U.S. minister to France before taking several cabinet posts. Despite suffering a severe stroke in 1823, Crawford sought the presidency with the Democratic-Republican Party. As no candidate won a majority of the electoral vote, the United States House of Representatives selected John Quincy Adams as president from the three candidates who had received the most electoral votes. Crawford was then asked to remain at Treasury, but refused, and spent the last decade of his life as a judge of the Georgia state superior court.Engraving: Bureau of Engraving and Printing; restoration: Andrew Shiva