Coe Issac Crawford (1858 - 1944)

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Birthplace: near Volney, Allamakee, Iowa, United States
Death: Died in Yankton, Yankton, South Dakota, United States
Managed by: Doug Robinson
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About Coe Issac Crawford

Coe Isaac Crawford (January 14, 1858 – April 25, 1944) was the sixth Governor of South Dakota in the United States.


Crawford was born near Volney, in Allamakee County, Iowa. He attended the common schools and received additional instruction from a private tutor. In 1882, he graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in law. He began his practice in Independence, Iowa, moving to Pierre, in what was the Dakota Territory, in 1883. He was twice married. His first wife was May Robinson and the second was Lavinia Robinson. He had five children.


He was the prosecuting attorney for Hughes County, South Dakota in 1887 and 1888. In 1889, he was elected to the Territorial Council, the upper house of the Dakota Territorial Legislature.

When South Dakota was admitted as a state in 1889, he was elected as a member of the first South Dakota State Senate. He went on to serve as the state Attorney General from 1893 to 1897. He ran for the United States House of Representatives seat for South Dakota in 1896, but lost the election. He then moved to Huron, South Dakota, and served as an attorney for the Chicago & North Western Railway from 1897 to 1903, when he resigned.

He was elected as a Republican to the position of Governor of South Dakota in 1907, and served in that capacity through 1908. He ran for the United States Senate that year, and won the election. He served in the Senate through 1914, when he lost his bid for re-nomination. He then returned to Huron and the practice of law until 1934, when he retired from active business and political life.


He died in Yankton, South Dakota in 1944. His burial was in Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa USA.

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Coe I. Crawford, Governor, U.S. Senator's Timeline

January 14, 1858
near Volney, Allamakee, Iowa, United States
April 25, 1944
Age 86
Yankton, Yankton, South Dakota, United States