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William Crutchfield

William Crutchfield was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 3rd congressional district of Tennessee. He was born on November 16, 1824 in Greeneville, Tennessee in Greene County. He attended the common schools, moved to McMinn County in 1840, and remained there for four years before settling in Jacksonville, Alabama in 1844.

He became a permanent resident of Chattanooga in 1850. During the Civil War, he never enlisted, but he served in the Union Army as an honorary captain in the Chickamauga Campaign. He was with General Thomas during the siege of Chattanooga. He served as an assistant to General Steedman and other commanders until the close of the war. He was elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress, but he was not a candidate for renomination in 1874. He resumed agricultural pursuits and died in Chattanooga on January 24, 1890. He was interred in the family lot in Old Citizens Cemetery.


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