Judge Anderson Crenshaw

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About Judge Anderson Crenshaw

Update 12/8/2017(CLM): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anderson_Crenshaw Find A Grave # 62016597



Biographical Highlights of Judge Anderson Crenshaw's life:

Raised in Newberry District, South Carolina after parents settled there from Virginia

1806 - First graduate of South Carolina College (now University of South Carolina)

1809 - Passed South Carolina state bar exam

War of 1812 - served as aide-de-camp to South Carolina Governor Alston

1816 - Married Mary Chiles, his first cousin once removed

1819 - Moved to Alabama settled at Cahaba, the state's first capital

1820 - Elected first mayor of Cahaba. First bank of State of Alabama was organized in Anderson's law office in Cahaba

1821 - Elected Alabama circuit judge

1822 - Moved to Butler County, settling on The Ridge

1838 - became "Chancellor" of the Southern Division of Alabama courts

1847 - Died in Butler County, Alabama

Making their home on The Ridge in the northwestern section of Butler County, Anderson and Mary raised their four surviving children (their only daughter had died at Cahaba): Walter Henry, Thomas Chiles, Charles Edward and Frederick William. They adopted a young girl, Adah Thigpen, after having lost their only daughter in infancy at Cahaba. There on The Ridge, high on a hill facing the road to the Alabama River, Judge Crenshaw built his plantation home in 1835. He died at this home in 1847.

Crenshaw County, Alabama, created from the eastern portion of Butler County, was named in Anderson Crenshaw's honor shortly after the War Between the States.

From the Judge's sons (each of whom, like their father, married a cousin) there are thousands of descendants today throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. They have been a part of our country's history for many generations, and have included people such as Alabama's president of the Senate in 1865; the first Auburn University graduate with a degree in mining engineering in 1890; the only Confederate officer to serve in the army and the marines, serve on an ironclad and in blockade running; and the first aviator in the world to make an instrument landing aboard an aircraft carrier, in 1935.

Descendants have included talented individuals of all ages, such as Jennie Vieve Crenshaw Poole, the artist who painted the Crenshaw family cookbook cover portrait of Judge Crenshaw's home (and lived to be nearly 100 years old); and Texas championship golfer Ben Daniel Crenshaw, great-great-great-grandson of the Judge, with family roots in Montgomery County, Alabama.

Judge Anderson Crenshaw's biographical entry in Garrett's Reminiscences of Public Men of Alabama (1872) includes these comments: "He was a Whig in politics, but so moderate in his views and feelings, and so devoted to the duties of the high places he occupied, that the question of party politics was never brought to bear upon him, in consequence of which he was retained in office under elections of the legislature, when large democratic majorities existed. His virtues as a man, and his abilities and integrity as a judge, gained the public confidence from the beginning of his long administration of justice, which he retained to the last. Nothing more need be added to such a pregnant record of success."

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Judge Anderson Crenshaw's Timeline

May 22, 1783
July 7, 1817
Abbeville, South Carolina
December 22, 1818
Abbeville, South Carolina
April 13, 1820
South Carolina
August 8, 1821
February 9, 1824
Butler, Alabama
August 31, 1847
Age 64
Butler, Alabama