Representative George Washington MCCRARY

YEARS 1835-1890
OFFICE Representative
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 41st (1869-1871), 42nd (1871-1873), 43rd (1873-1875), 44th (1875-1877)

Representative George Washington MCCRARY Biography

McCRARY, George Washington, a Representative from Iowa; born near Evansville, Vanderburg County, Ind., August 29, 1835; moved to the Territory of Iowa in 1836 with his parents, who settled in Van Buren County; attended the public schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1856 and commenced practice in Keokuk, Iowa; member of the State house of representatives in 1857; served in the State senate in 1861-1865; elected as a Republican to the Forty-first and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1877); chairman, Committee on Elections (Forty-second Congress), Committee on Railways and Canals (Forty-third Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1876; Secretary of War in the Cabinet of President Hayes from March 12, 1877, to December 11, 1879, when he resigned; served as United States judge of the eighth judicial circuit 1880-1884; moved to Kansas City, Mo.; became general counsel for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Co. in 1884; died in St. Joseph, Mo., June 23, 1890; interment in Oakland Cemetery, Keokuk, Iowa. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

Jackson County Historical Society Independence, MO Papers: In McCrary family papers, 1877-1921. 2 boxes and 1 reel of microfilm. Chiefly family papers with little congressional material. New-York Historical Society New York, NY Papers: April 7, 1877; January 16 and May 8, 1879. 3 letters. Official correspondence. Finding aid in repository. State Historical Society of Iowa Des Moines, IA Papers: 1872-1874. 1 folder. Personal and business papers and photographs. Also one letter in Alonzo Abernethy collection.


McCrary, George Washington. The evils of the civil service and the remedy. [Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1872]. ——. Improvement of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1874. ——. The political issues of the time. Washington, D.C.: National Republican Publishing Company, 1878. ——. A treatise on the American law of elections. Keokuk, Iowa: R.B. Ogden. Chicago: E.B. Myers, 1875. Revised, Chicago: Callaghan & Co., 1897.

George Washington MCCRARY Committee Assignments

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