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CRAWFORD, Coe Isaac (1858-1944)

CRAWFORD, COE ISAAC, a Senator from South Dakota; born near Volney, Allamakee County, Iowa, January 14, 1858; attended the common schools and was instructed by a private tutor; graduated from the law department of the University of Iowa at Iowa City in 1882; admitted to the bar and commenced practice at Independence, Iowa; moved to Pierre, Territory of Dakota, in 1883 and continued the practice of law; prosecuting attorney of Hughes County in 1887 and 1888; member, Territorial council 1889; upon the admission of South Dakota as a State was elected as a member of the first State senate; attorney general of South Dakota 1892-1896; unsuccessful Republican candidate in 1896 for Representative at Large to the Fifty-fifth Congress; attorney for the Chicago & North Western Railway Co. for the area around South Dakota 1897-1903, when he resigned; moved to Huron in 1897; Governor of South Dakota 1907-1908; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1909, to March 3, 1915; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1914; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Interior Department (Sixty-first Congress), Committee on Claims (Sixty-second Congress); resumed the practice of law in Huron, S.Dak., until 1934, when he retired from active business and political life; died in Yankton, S.Dak., April 25, 1944; interment in Municipal Cemetery, Iowa City, Iowa.

South Dakota State Historical Society
Pierre, SD
Papers: 1894-1922. 27 letterbooks, several from his Senate years and 33 boxes of material from his career as attorney general and governor. Unprocessed.

  • Armin, Calvin Perry. "Coe I. Crawford and the Progressive Movement in South Dakota.'' South Dakota Department of History Report and Historical Collections 32 (1964): 26-231.
  • Meyer, Edward LeRoy. "Coe I. Crawford and the Persuasion of the Progressive Movement in South Dakota.'' Ph.D. dissertation, University of Minnesota, 1975.
  • Pressler, Larry. "Coe I. Crawford.'' In U.S. Senators from the Prairie, pp. 54-62. Vermillion, SD: Dakota Press, 1982.
  • Schlup, Leonard. "Coe I. Crawford and the Progressive Campaign of 1912.'' South Dakota History 9 (Spring 1979): 116-30.