John Crawford Crosby

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John Crawford Crosby
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893
Preceded byFrancis W. Rockwell
Succeeded byElijah A. Morse
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts
Supreme Judicial Court
In office
December 31, 1913 – October 1, 1937
Associate Justice of the
Massachusetts Superior Court
In office
January 25, 1905 – December 31, 1913
Mayor of
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
In office
Preceded byJabez L. Peck
Succeeded byWalter F. Hawkins
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornJune 15, 1859
Sheffield, Massachusetts
DiedOctober 14, 1943(1943-10-14) (aged 84)
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materEastman Business College
Boston University School of Law

John Crawford Crosby (June 15, 1859 – October 14, 1943) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Massachusetts.

Crosby was born in Sheffield, Massachusetts. He attended the public schools of Pittsfield and graduated from Eastman Business College in Poughkeepsie, New York and from Boston University School of Law in Boston.

Crosby was admitted to the bar in 1882 and began practice in Pittsfield. He began his political career as a member of the school committee of Pittsfield from 1884 to 1890. During the later part of his service on the school committee, Crosby also served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1886–1887) and the Massachusetts Senate (1888–1889).

Crosby served as the director of a bank and later of fire and life insurance companies. He was elected in the 1890 election as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Massachusetts's 12th district for the 52nd United States Congress (1891-03-04 to 1893-03-03).

Crosby lost his campaign for reelection in the 1892 election. He was elected Mayor of Pittsfield, serving from 1894 to 1895, and was a delegate to the 1896 Democratic National Convention.

Crosby was city solicitor from 1896 to 1900 and appointed a justice of the superior court on January 25, 1905, serving until December 31, 1913, when he was appointed justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Crosby served on the court until his retirement on October 1, 1937. He died in Pittsfield on October 14, 1943, and was interred at Pittsfield Cemetery.

See also[edit]


  • United States Congress. "John Crawford Crosby (id: C000929)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • United States Government Printing Office (1600). United States congressional serial set. U.S. G.P.O. p. 5. john c crosby -wikipedia massachusetts.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Francis W. Rockwell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 12th congressional district

1891-03-04 – 1893-03-03
Succeeded by
Elijah A. Morse
Legal offices
Preceded by
James Madison Morton Sr.
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
December 31, 1913-October 1, 1937
Succeeded by
Arthur Dolan
Preceded by
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court
January 25, 1905–December 31, 1913
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Jabez L. Peck
Mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Walter F. Hawkins