Coe I. Crawford

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Coe Isaac Crawford
Attorney General of South Dakota
In office
Preceded by Robert Dollard
Succeeded by Melvin Grigsby
South Dakota State Senator
In office
6th Governor of South Dakota
In office
January 8, 1907 – January 5, 1909
Preceded by Samuel H. Elrod
Succeeded by Robert S. Vessey
United States Senator
from South Dakota
In office
March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1915
Preceded by Alfred B. Kittredge
Succeeded by Edwin S. Johnson
Personal details
Born (1858-01-14)January 14, 1858
Allamakee County, Iowa
Died April 25, 1944(1944-04-25) (aged 86)
Yankton, South Dakota
Resting place Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City, Iowa
Political party Republican
  • May Robinson
  • Lavinia Robinson
Alma mater University of Iowa
Occupation Attorney

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

Early life and education[edit]

Crawford was born by 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 College of Law 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.[1] He had five children.[2]


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 renomination. 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, Iowa.


  1. ^ "Coe I. Crawford". National Governors Association. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Coe I. Crawford". National Governors Association. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert Dollard
Attorney General of South Dakota
Succeeded by
Melvin Grigsby
Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel H. Elrod
Governor of South Dakota
Succeeded by
Robert S. Vessey
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Alfred B. Kittredge
United States Senator (Class 3) from South Dakota
Served alongside: Robert J. Gamble
Succeeded by
Edwin S. Johnson