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This Day in Georgia History

January 29, 1845

Charles Frederick Crisp Born

Politician Charles Frederick 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 Spotsylvania. 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. In 1882, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and in 1891 became Speaker of the House, serving until 1895 (when the Republicans reclaimed the House). After John B. Gordon resigned from the Senate in 1896, Crisp became the leading candidate to replace him. In poor health, he died in Atlanta on Oct. 23, 1896 before the General Assembly could vote on Gordon’s replacement. In 1905, the General Assembly named a county in his honor.