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This Day in Georgia History

October 23, 1896

Charles Frederick Crisp Died

Politician Charles Frederick Crisp died in Atlanta, Georgia. Crisp was born in England on January 29, 1845 while his parents were there on a visit. His parents were both actors who toured the antebellum South and settled in Ellaville, Georgia. Crisp served briefly in the Confederate Army before being captured at Spottsylvania. After his release in 1865 he returned to Georgia and studied law, being admitted to the bar in 1866. In 1873 he was appointed solicitor-general of the Southwestern Judicial Circuit. He began his political career in 1882, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He was to remain a representative until 1896, becoming Speaker of the House in 1891. Crisp was the leading candidate to replace Georgia Senator John B. Gordon (who had resigned) in 1896. Despite being in poor health, Crisp still conducted a vigorous campaign and handily won the general primary. But while awaiting confirmation from the General Assembly, he died in Atlanta. The General Assembly named a county in his honor in legislation approved on August 17, 1905.