CROWLEY, Joseph Burns, (1858 - 1931)


”Around the Capital” (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

CROWLEY, Joseph Burns, a Representative from Illinois; born in Coshocton, Coshocton County, Ohio, July 19, 1858; moved with his parents to a farm near St. Marie, Jasper County, Ill., in 1860 and to Robinson, Ill., in 1872; attended the common schools; engaged in mercantile pursuits 1876-1880; studied law; was admitted to the bar in May 1883 and began practice at Robinson, Crawford County, Ill.; president of the Robinson city school board 1884-1888; master in chancery 1886-1890; elected judge of Crawford County in November 1886, and reelected in 1890; appointed United States special Treasury agent in charge of the seal fisheries of Alaska in April 1893 and served until his resignation in April 1898; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth, Fifty-seventh, and Fifty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1905); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1904; resumed the practice of law in Robinson, Ill.; served as State’s attorney of Crawford County 1912-1916; died in Robinson, Ill., June 25, 1931; interment in the old Robinson Cemetery.