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Charles R. Crisp Papers

Charles R. Crisp Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles R. Crisp Papers
Creator: Crisp, Charles Robert, 1870-1937
Inclusive Dates: 1845-1980
Bulk Dates: 1920-1932
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 box(es) (0.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL313CRC
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Charles R. Crisp (1870-1937) served in the U.S. Congress from Georgia's 3rd district (1913-1932). The papers document Crisp's tenure as a member of Congress and select members of the Crisp family and contain speeches and related notes, clippings, correspondence, legal documents, photographs, and a scrapbook.

Collection Description

Historical Note

Charles Robert Crisp was born October 19, 1870, in Ellaville, Georgia, and attended public school in Americus, Georgia. Early in his career, Crisp served as a clerk in the Department of the Interior (1889-1891) and parliamentarian of the House of Representatives (1891-1895). He returned to Americus in 1895 to practice law. Due to the death of his father, U.S. Congressman Charles F. Crisp, Crisp was appointed to fill the vacancy, serving from December 19, 1896, to March 3, 1897. He then returned to his law practice and later served as judge of the Americus city court (1900-1912). In 1912, he served as parliamentarian of the Democratic National Convention. Crisp went on to serve as congressman from Georgia's 3rd district (March 4, 1913, to October 7, 1932). He resigned to become a member of the United States Tariff Commission, serving until December 30, 1932. In 1932, he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate against then-Georgia Governor Richard B. Russell to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Senator William J. Harris. Crisp died in Americus, Georgia, February 7, 1937.

Scope and Content

The Charles R. Crisp Papers document Crisp's tenure as a member of Congress and select members of the Crisp family and contain speeches and related notes, clippings, correspondence, legal documents, photographs, and a scrapbook. Speeches make up the bulk of the papers and include remarks delivered both as congressman and candidate. Of note is a 1875 petition for his father, Charles F. Crisp, to practice law in the Fifth Circuit Court of the United States. Other material, including a scrapbook and correspondence, documents members of the Crisp family, notably Crisp's father, Charles F. Crisp, and his grandfather, William H. Crisp.

Organization and Arrangement

The papers are arranged by format.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation

Charles R. Crisp Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Mat Darby, 2014.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Crisp, Charles F. (Charles Frederick), 1845-1896
Political campaigns -- United States.
Russell, Richard B. (Richard Brevard), 1897-1971

Related Collections in this Repository

Richard B. Russell, Jr. Collection, Subgroup C, Series VI: Political

Related Collections in Other Repositories

Charles F. Crisp Letter

Crisp Family Papers

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1920, 1931-1932
12-4Speeches, 1920-1932, undated
15Clippings, 1912, 1926-1928
16Legal petition, 1875 April 23
17Scrapbook: The Crisp Family in Georgia: William H. Crisp, Charles Frederick Crisp, Charles R. Crisp [originally compiled by Thomas Gamble in 1932; includes correspondence, resolutions, clippings, photographs and other documents], 1845-1937
18[William H. Crisp (letters and clippings related to the deaths of William H. and Eliza Crisp)], 1873-1874
19[Charles Frederick Crisp], 1871-1892
110[Charles Robert Crisp], 1916-1937
111[Charles F. Crisp], 1913-1980
112[Charles R. Crisp], 1971-1978