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This Day in Georgia History

October 19, 1870

Charles Robert Crisp Born

Politician Charles Robert Crisp born was born in Ellaville, Georgia. He began his career at age nineteen went he went to Washington, DC to work for the Department of the Interior. Two years later he was appointed parliamentarian of the House of Representatives (his father was Speaker of the House). During this time the younger Crisp compiled a Manual and Digest of the Rules of the House of Representatives. In 1895 Crisp returned to Americus, Georgia, where he began a law career. Five years later, he became city court judge in Americus. He resigned this judgeship to return to Washington as House parliamentarian in 1911, then served as parliamentarian for the Democratic convention which nominated Woodrow Wilson in 1912. Later that year, Crisp was elected to Congress from his home district (the 3rd) in Georgia. He would serve ten terms in this post, ultimately becoming chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. His political career ended when he lost his bid for the Senate in 1932 to Richard Russell. After serving briefly on the U.S. Tariff Commission, he retired to Americus, where he died February 7, 1937.