CRUTCHFIELD, William, (1824 - 1890)


"Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper" (detail), drawing, 1874, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

CRUTCHFIELD, William, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Greeneville, Greene County, Tenn., November 16, 1824; attended the common schools; moved to McMinn County, Tenn., in 1840 and remained there four years; settled in Jacksonville, Ala., in 1844 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; became a permanent resident of Chattanooga in 1850; during the Civil War never enlisted but served in the Union Army as honorary captain in the Chickamauga campaign; was with General Thomas during the siege of Chattanooga, and was an assistant to General Steedman and other commanders until the close of the war; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); was not a candidate for renomination in 1874; resumed agricultural pursuits; died in Chattanooga, Tenn., January 24, 1890; interment in the family lot in Old Citizens Cemetery.