Francis Burton Craige

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Francis Burton Craige
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1861
Preceded byWilliam S. Ashe
Succeeded byAlexander H. Jones
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1811-03-13)March 13, 1811
Salisbury, North Carolina, US
DiedDecember 30, 1875(1875-12-30) (aged 64)
Concord, North Carolina, US
Political partyDemocratic
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer

Francis Burton Craige (March 13, 1811 – December 30, 1875) was a Congressional Representative from North Carolina; born near Salisbury, North Carolina, March 13, 1811; attended a private school in Salisbury, and was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1829; editor and proprietor of the Western Carolinian 1829–1831; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1832 and commenced practice in Salisbury; one of the last borough representatives in the State house of representatives 1832–1834; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1861); chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Thirty-third Congress); delegate to the State secession convention in 1861 and introduced the Ordinance of Secession in the form in which it was adopted; delegate to the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States which met in Richmond, Virginia, in July 1861; died in Concord, North Carolina, while attending the courts of that county, December 30, 1875; interment in Old English Cemetery, Salisbury, North Carolina.


  • United States Congress. "Francis Burton Craige (id: C000862)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-04-14
  • "Francis Burton Craige". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William S. Ashe
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1861
Succeeded by
Alexander H. Jones(1)
Confederate States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Representative to the Provisional Confederate Congress from North Carolina
Succeeded by
Notes and references
1. Because of North Carolina's secession, the House seat was vacant for six years before Jones succeeded Craige.