Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
CRAIL, Joe (1877-1938)

CRAIL, JOE, a Representative from California; born in Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa, December 25, 1877; attended the public schools and was graduated from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, in 1898; during the Spanish-American War enlisted as a private in the Twelfth Company, United States Volunteer Signal Corps; promoted to corporal and served in the American Army of Occupation in Cuba until its withdrawal; studied law at Iowa College of Law, Des Moines, Iowa; was admitted to the bar in 1903 and commenced practice in Fairfield, Iowa; moved to California in 1913, settled in Los Angeles, and practiced law until elected to Congress; served as chairman of the Republican State central committee for southern California 1918-1920; elected as a Republican to the Seventieth, Seventy-first, and Seventy-second Congresses (March 4, 1927-March 3, 1933); was not a candidate for renomination in 1932, but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination as United States Senator; resumed the practice of law; also engaged in banking; died in Los Angeles, Calif., March 2, 1938; interment in Inglewood Park Mausoleum, Inglewood, Calif.

California State Archives
Sacramento, CA
Oral History: In the Robert E. Alshuler Interview, 1991, 157 pages.
Subjects include Joe Crail.


Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles, CA
Photographs: ca. 1928, 1 photographic print.
Five gentlemen sit - and one stands - at a long table, possibly the head table, that shows half-eaten food plates in front of each man. Although the order is not known, they are identified as: Representative William E. Evans, Ninth District, Los Angeles; ex-Representative Captain John D. Fredericks; Nicholas Longworth; D. F. McGarry; Lieut. Gov. Buron Fitts; Representative Joe Crail.


State Historical Society of Iowa
Des Moines, IA
Papers: In the Charles and Joe Crail papers, ca. 1890-1939, 1 folder.
This collection consists of military service certificates for each of the brothers; an obituary for Charles Crail; and a portrait and biography of Joe Crail taken from The Midwestern magazine.

  • Crail, Charles S. My Twin Joe. Garden City, N.Y.: The Country Life Press, 1932.