Joel Crawford

Joel Crawford ( born June 15, 1783 Columbia County, Georgia, † April 5, 1858 in Blakely, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1817 and 1821 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Joel Crawford first attended the schools of his home. After a subsequent study of law at the Litchfield Law School, and his admission to the bar he began to work in his new profession from 1808 in Sparta. In 1811 he moved to Milledgeville. He then participated in the 1813 and 1814 in a military campaign against the Creek Indians. After the war, Crawford began a political career as a member of the Democratic- Republican Party. Between 1814 and 1817 he was a member of the House of Representatives of Georgia. In the state- wide held congressional elections of 1816, he was for the third parliamentary seat of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Bolling Hall on March 4, 1817. After a re-election in 1818 he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1821 two legislative sessions.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Crawford again worked as a lawyer. In 1828 he returned to Sparta. In the years 1827 and 1828 he was a member of the Senate of Georgia. In 1826, Crawford was a member of a commission that surveyed the boundary between the states of Georgia and Alabama. In the years 1828 and 1831, he ran unsuccessfully for the office of each Governor of Georgia. In 1831 he was delegate to the International Convention Improvement. In 1837, Crawford was State Representative for the construction of a railway line by the Western & Atlantic Railroad. He died on April 5, 1858 on his plantation near Blakely and was also buried there.