COL BBG -Crawford, Samuel Johnson - Governor, KS

Samuel Johnson Crawford:
Born: April 10, 1835

Birthplace: Lawrence County Indiana
Father: William Crawford 1780 – 1845
(Buried: Old Crawford Cemetery Lawrence County Indiana)
Mother: Jane Morrow 1793 – 1867
(Buried: Crossroads Baptist Church Chapel Hill North Carolina)
Wife: Isabel Marshall Chase 1848 – 1920
(Buried: Topeka Cemetery Topeka Kansas)
Married: November 27, 1866


Florence Crawford Capper 1868 – 1926
(Buried: Topeka Cemetery Topeka Kansas)
George Marshall Crawford Sr. 1872 – 1918
(Buried: Topeka Cemetery Topeka Kansas)

Political Party: Republican Party
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Graduated from Cincinnati College

Occupation before War:
1859 – 1861: Attorney in Garnett Kansas
1859: Attended the Osawatomie Convention
Participated in the organization of Republican Party in Kansas.
1859: Delegate to Kansas State Republican Party Convention
1860 – 1861: Kansas State Representative

Civil War Career:
1861: Captain in 2nd​ Kansas Volunteers Infantry Regiment
1861: Participated in the Southwestern Missouri Campaign
1861: Served in the Battle of Wilson’s Creek Missouri
1862: Captain in Company A 2nd​ Kansas Cavalry Regiment
1862: Served in the First Battle of Newtonia Missouri
1862: Served in the Battle of Old Fort Wayne Indian Territory
1862: At Battle of Old Fort Wayne, he captured an entire artillery battery.
1862: Served in the Battle of Cane Hill Arkansas

1862: Served in the Battle of Prairie Grove Arkansas
1863: Commander of 2nd​ Kansas Cavalry Regiment
1863: Participated in expedition through Choctaw Nation.
1863 – 1865: Colonel of 2nd​ Kansas Colored Infantry Regiment
1865 – 1868: Governor of Kansas
1865: Brevetted Brigadier General in the Union Army.

Occupation after War:
1865 – 1868: Governor of Kansas
1865 – 1868: The Population doubled while he was Governor.
1865 – 1868: Creation of 36 counties during his term as governor.
1868: Unsuccessful Candidate for United States Congress.
1868: Resigned as Governor on November 4th​ to return to Army.
1868 – 1869: Served as Commander of 19th​ Kansas Cavalry Regiment
1869 – 1876: Real Estate Businessman and attorney Emporia Kansas
1870: He formed the Florence Town Company
1877: Prosecutor for Kansas in State claims against federal government.
1878: Unsuccessful Candidate for United States Congress.
Attorney in Topeka Kansas and Washington D.C.

October 21, 1913
Place of Death: Topeka Kansas
Age at time of Death: 78 years old
Burial Place:
Topeka Cemetery Topeka Kansas


Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
One of his more noteworthy acts as governor was the appointment of Edmund G. Ross to the late James H. Lane's Senate seat (Lane committed suicide on July 1, 1866). Ross was the deciding vote in Andrew Johnson's acquittal.