CRAPO, William Wallace, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Dartmouth, Mass., May 16, 1830;
moved with his parents to New Bedford, Mass., in 1832; attended private and public schools of New
Bedford, and was graduated from the local high school in 1845; attended Phillips Academy, Andover,
Mass., and later the Friends Academy at New Bedford; was graduated from the latter institution in
1848 and from Yale College in 1852; studied law at Harvard Law School for one year; was admitted
to the bar in 1855 and commenced practice in New Bedford; city solicitor of New Bedford
1855-1867; member of the State house of representatives in 1857; elected to the Forty-fourth
Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James Buffington; reelected as a Republican to the
Forty-fifth, Forty-sixth, and Forty-seventh Congresses and served from November 2, 1875, to March
3, 1883; chairman, Committee on Banking and Currency (Forty-seventh Congress); was not a
candidate for renomination in 1882; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in banking and in
the manufacture of fine cotton goods; member of the Republican National Committee in 1884;
appointed by Governor Wolcott in 1897 a member of the commission to revise street railway
regulations; died in New Bedford, Mass., February 28, 1926; interment in the Rural Cemetery.
BibliographyCrapo, William Wallace. The Story of William
Wallace Crapo, 1830-1926. [Boston: Thomas Todd Company, printers], 1942.