William E. Crow

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William Evans Crow
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United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
October 24, 1921 – August 2, 1922
Preceded by Philander Knox
Succeeded by David Reed
President pro tempore
of the Pennsylvania Senate
In office
January 3, 1911 – May 25, 1911[1]
Preceded by A.E. Sisson
Succeeded by George Wertz
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate
from the 32nd district
In office
January 1, 1907 – October 24, 1921[2]
Preceded by Donald P. McPherson
Succeeded by Guy W. Brown
8th District Attorney of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
In office
January 2, 1899 – January 6, 1902
Preceded by George S. Graham
Succeeded by John Weaver
Personal details
Born (1870-03-10)March 10, 1870
German Township, Pennsylvania
Died August 2, 1922(1922-08-02) (aged 52)
Uniontown, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican

William Evans Crow (March 10, 1870 – August 2, 1922) was an American lawyer and Republican party politician from Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He served in the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1907 until 1921, and was the body's President pro tempore in 1911. In 1921, he was appointed to the United States Senate, after Philander C. Knox died in office. Crow himself died in office less than a year after his appointment.


William Evans Crow was born on March 10, 1870, in German Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. He received his education from the public schools and obtained college education at the Southwestern State Normal School, from which he graduated in 1890. He also attended Waynesburg College. After college, he worked in newspaper publishing for three years until studying law and being admitted to the bar in 1895. He subsequently practised law in Uniontown, Pennsylvania until his appointment as assistant district attorney in 1896, a position in which he served until his election as district attorney in 1898. After serving for three years, he was elected to the Pennsylvania Senate, where he served from 1907 to 1921.

Crow was appointed to the United States Senate on October 17, 1921, to fill a vacancy created by the death of Philander Knox, after which he resigned from the State Senate to assume his new role. Crow served in the U.S. Senate until his own death on August 2, 1922, at his home near Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He was interred in Uniontown Cemetery.

Crow was the father of Congressman William J. Crow.

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Philander Knox
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Pennsylvania
Served alongside: Boies Penrose, George Pepper
Succeeded by
David Reed
Political offices
Preceded by
A.E. Sisson
President pro tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate
Succeeded by
George Wertz
Pennsylvania State Senate
Preceded by
Donald McPherson
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate for the 32nd District
Succeeded by
Guy Brown
Legal offices
Preceded by
George Graham
District Attorney of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
John Weaver