SAMUEL J. CRAWFORD
Oct. 21, 1913
GOV. CRAWFORD DEAD
HE BOTH MADE AND WROTE KANSAS HISTORY.
ONLY SURVIVING "WAR GOVERNOR"
GAVE UP CAMPAIGN TO TAKE FIELD AGAINST PRICE.
His Services Recognized by Election and a Second Term. He Resigned Before Latter Ended to Lead Troops Against Hostile Indians.
Topeka, Oct. 21 -Former Governor Samuel J. Crawford died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Arthur Capper, today.
Mr. Crawford was 78 years old April 10 of this year. He was the third governor of Kansas and probably the only surviving "war governor" of any state in the union.
He had been in good health for a man of his age and took a lively interest in the affairs of Kansas both present and past. He only recently completed his historical work, "Kansas in the Sixties," and in other ways showed his great interest in the early history of the state, in which he had a prominent and active part.
Came to Kansas in 1850.
Few men in Kansas have lived a more eventful life than Governor Crawford. Coming to Kansas in March, 1859, he assisted in organizing the Republican party in this state and, in November of the same year, was elected to the state legislature as representative from Anderson county.
Upon the outbreak of the civil war he resigned from the legislature and went to the front as captain in the Second Kansas volunteer infantry. His war record was a brilliant one. In 1863, he was assigned to the command of the Second Kansas Cavalry.
In November of the same year Governor Crawford was appointed colonel of the Eighty-third United States colored infantry, which regiment he drilled into an efficient organization and which took a creditable part in the campaigns of the Middle West.
Took Field Against Price.
In September, 1864, he was nominated for governor by the Republicans of Kansas, and on October 1 he was granted a leave of absence to come home and campaign. On arriving at Fort Scott on his journey to open his campaign he learned of the Price raid and immediately gave up his campaign and reported to General Curtis in command of the Union forces at Kansas City. He took a prominent part in the campaign against Price.
Twice Elected Governor.
He was elected governor, and took the oath of office January 9, 1865. In September, 1866, he was re-elected governor, being the first governor of Kansas to be elected for a second term.
He resigned his office before the end of his second term to lead the Kansas troops against the hostile Indians who had raided the western part of the state in the summer of 1868, carrying off a number of women as captives. The campaign started by Governor Crawford resulted in the rescue of these captives.
Collected Claims for State.
After this expedition Governor Crawford located in Emporia, where he engaged in the real estate business until 1876, when he was engaged by the state to prosecute claims against the federal government for indemnity school lands, money expended on account of troops furnished the government, money claimed on account of the sale of public lands, adjustment of railroad land grants, etc. He was instrumental in recovering for the state 276,000 acres of school lands, $1,197,000 in money, and 850,000 acres of public land claimed by the railroad companies.