William W. Crapo

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William Wallace Crapo
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 1st district
In office
November 2, 1875 – March 3, 1883
Preceded byJames Buffinton
Succeeded byRobert T. Davis
Personal details
Born(1830-05-16)May 16, 1830
Dartmouth, Massachusetts
DiedFebruary 28, 1926(1926-02-28) (aged 95)
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Political partyRepublican
Alma materYale, Dane Law School

William Wallace Crapo (May 16, 1830 – February 28, 1926) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts. He was elected to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James Buffinton. He served slightly more than three terms in congress from November 2, 1875 to March 3, 1883[1]

Born in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, died in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Crapo is interred in the Rural Cemetery. He was a prominent attorney in New Bedford. Among his clients was Hetty Green.

William Wallace Crapo was a brother of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity in his undergraduate years at Yale University. He graduated in 1852 and was a member of Skull and Bones.[2]:3 On April 15, 1851, Crapo visited Brown University, on which date he is credited with initiating 17 members of the provisional chapter there, re-activating the ten-years-dormant Brunonian Chapter.

In 1903, Crapo (pronounced cray-poe) was a founding member and first president of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, governing body of the New Bedford Whaling Museum.


  1. ^ The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in Congress, p. 128-134.
  2. ^ "OBITUARY RECORD OF YALE GRADUATES 1925-1926" (PDF). Yale University. August 1, 1926. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  • United States Congress. "William W. Crapo (id: C000881)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Headley, Phineas Camp: Public men of to-day: being biographies of the President and Vice-President of the United States, each member of the Cabinet, the United States Senators and the members of the House of Representatives of the Forty-Seventh Congress, the Chief Justice and justices of the Supreme Court of the United States., page 345 (1882).

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Buffinton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 1st congressional district

November 2, 1875 – March 3, 1883
Succeeded by
Robert T. Davis