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Joel Crawford

June 15, 1783
April 5, 1858
Home Town:
Columbia County, GA
Later Residences:
Sparta, GA
Milledgeville, GA
Blakely, GA
Sarah Rhodes Crawford (1825)
Biographical Notes:
Joel Crawford was the son of Captain Charles Crawford who served in the Revolutionary War and then moved with several other Crawford families to Georgia. Joel was educated at schools in Savannah and Augusta, GA and then was under the tutelage of Nicholas Ware of Augusta, GA who had attended the Litchfield Law School in 1792. While attending Litchfield Law School, Crawford traveled back and forth from Georgia to Litchfield on horseback, a trip that took six weeks. After attending the law school, Crawford returned to Georgia and was practicing law in Sparta, GA by 1808. He then moved to Milledgeville, the state capital of Georgia at the time, and was a partner with the father of a fellow law school student L.Q.C. Lamar. In 1812, Crawford joined the army where he served as a lieutenant and aide-de-camp ...

Years at LLS:

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Military; Agriculture; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied law in the office of Nicholas Ware of Georgia.
Federal Posts:
U.S. Representative (GA) 1818-1821
State Posts:
State Representative (GA) 1814-1817

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849), 6.
Secondary Sources:
Northern, William J., ed. Men of Mark in Georgia. Atlanta, GA: A.B. Caldwell Publisher, 1912.

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