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This Day in Georgia History

November 08, 1843

George Crawford Sworn In

George Crawford was sworn in as governor of Georgia. Born in Columbia County on Dec. 22, 1798, he graduated from Princeton University in 1820. After reading law, he was admitted to the bar in 1822 and began practicing law in Augusta. Crawford represented Richmond County in the Georgia House of Representatives (1837-42), served briefly in Congress (1843), and was elected for two terms as Georgia governor (1843-47). Pres. Zachary Taylor appointed him U.S. Secretary of War in 1849, but Crawford resigned on Taylor’s death in 1850. Crawford returned to Georgia, where in 1861 he served as president of Georgia’s secession convention. He died in Richmond County on July 22, 1872.