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KERR, Michael Crawford (1827-1876)

KERR, MICHAEL CRAWFORD, a Representative from Indiana; born in Titusville, Crawford County, Pa., March 15, 1827; attended the common schools and Erie Academy; was graduated from the law department of Louisville (Ky.) University in 1851; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in New Albany, Ind., in 1852; city attorney in 1854; prosecuting attorney of Floyd County in 1855; member of the State house of representatives in 1856 and 1857; reporter of the supreme court of Indiana 1862-1865; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1873); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1872 to the Forty-third Congress; elected to the Forty-fourth Congress and served from March 4, 1875, until his death; Speaker of the House of Representatives (Forty-fourth Congress); died at Rockbridge Alum Springs, Rockbridge County, Va., on August 19, 1876; interment in Fairview Cemetery, New Albany, Ind.

Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 10 scattered letters, most in William H. English papers.
Inventory in repository.


Emory University
Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library
Atlanta, GA
Papers: In the papers of James Pinkney Hambleton, 1857-1893, 0.5 linear foot.
Correspondents include Michael Crawford Kerr.


Indiana Historical Society
William Henry Smith Library, Manuscript and Visual Collections Department
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: In the Walter Quintin Gresham papers, 1858-1946, 14 boxes, 6 volumes, 1 oversize box.
Collection contains two political scrapbooks kept by Kerr.


Indiana State Library
Manuscript Section, Indiana Division
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: In the Noble and Davidson family papers, 1785-1868, 1 box.
Correspondents include Michael Crawford Kerr.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in Manton Marble papers, 1838-1916, 208 linear feet.

University of Indiana
Lilly Library
Bloomington, IN
Papers: In the papers of James Addison Cravens, 1850-1893, 78 items.
Correspondents include Michael Crawford Kerr.

  • Record of the Democratic speaker. [Washington: N.p., 1876].
  • U. S. Congress. Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Michael Crawford Kerr, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States. 44th Cong., 1 sess., 1877. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1877.