|Oil on canvas, Robert Hinckley, circa 1894, Collection of U.S.
House of Representatives
CRISP, Charles Frederick, (father of Charles Robert Crisp),
a Representative from Georgia; born in Sheffield, England, January
29, 1845; later in that year his parents immigrated to the United States and
settled in Georgia; attended the common schools of Savannah and Macon, Ga.;
entered the Confederate Army in May 1861; commissioned lieutenant in Company K,
Tenth Regiment, Virginia Infantry, and served with that regiment until May 12,
1864, when he became a prisoner of war; upon his release from Fort Delaware in
June 1865 joined his parents at Ellaville, Schley County, Ga.; studied law at
Americus, Ga.; was admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced practice in
Ellaville; appointed solicitor general of the southwestern judicial circuit in
1872, and reappointed in 1873 for a term of four years; appointed judge of the
superior court of the same circuit in June 1877; elected by the general
assembly to the same office in 1878; reelected judge for a term of four years
in 1880; resigned that office in September 1882 to accept the Democratic
nomination for Congress; president of the Democratic gubernatorial convention
at Atlanta in April 1883; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth and to the
six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1883, until his death;
chairman, Committee on Elections (Fiftieth Congress), Committee on Rules
(Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congress); Speaker of the House of
Representatives (Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses); nominated for United
States Senator in the State primary of 1896; died in Atlanta, Ga., October 23,
1896; interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
BibliographyMalone, Preston St. Clair. The Political Career of Charles
Frederick Crisp. Ph.D. diss., University of Georgia, 1962; Martin, S. Walter.
Charles F. Crisp: Speaker of the House.
Georgia Review 8 (Summer 1954): 167-77.