Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Samuel Crawford

Samuel Crawford.

Birth: Apr. 10, 1835.
Death: Oct. 21, 1913

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General, 3rd Kansas Governor. Entered the Civil War as a Captain in the 2nd Kansas Volunteer Infantry, which in time was converted to cavalry, and was redesignated as the 2nd Kansas Cavarly. He was then commissioned Colonel and commander of the 83rd United States Colored Troops. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865 for "meritorious services". Two months before that, he had been elected as Governor of Kansas, an office he served in from January 1865 to November 1868.

Isabel Chase Crawford .

Birth: 1848, Kansas.
Death: 1920, Kansas.

Romance was introduced into state government with the marriage of eighteen-year-old Isabel Chase to Samuel J. Crawford just a few days after his second election as governor. Her family was prominent in Topeka, her father being one of the city’s founders. It was said that the Chase family home was the first house in Topeka to have wooden floors. While serving as first lady, Isabel Crawford gave birth to a daughter who would later become the wife of one of Kanasa most successful men, Arthur Capper.

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