About Crawley P. Deak
Crawley P. Dake (1836-1890) - Union soldier during the Civil War and U.S. Marshal for Arizona Territory from 1878 to 1882. Dake was born at Kenfield, Ontario, Canada in 1827 but moved with his family to Ogdensburg, New York when he was a child. When he grew up he operated a retail store in Michigan but when the Civil War broke out, he raised a company of soldiers and was commissioned in the 5th Michigan Cavalry. He served at Gettysburg and in several other major actions until he was wounded and retired as a major in August, 1864.
He then worked for the Internal Revenue Service for a time before being appointed as the U.S. Marshal for Arizona Territory on June 12, 1878. For the first two years, he dispatched a number of posses to the Mexican border, attempting to control the lawlessness taking place there. Working for him were a number of well known frontier characters including Leslie Blackburn, Virgil and Wyatt Earp, Joseph Evans, Joe Phy and others.
After the Gunfight at the O.K. Corrall in Tombstone, Arizona in October, 1881, he was heavily criticized and replaced in July, 1882. He remained in Arizona, living in Prescott, managing mining and business interests until his death on August 9, 1890.