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Crawford County ARGenWeb Project
Listening to the Historic Heartbeat of Crawford County, Arkansas,
and its Environs in the American South

Hello! Welcome to the Crawford County Arkansas GenWeb Project!

This county is adoptable! Contact the ARGenWeb State Coordinator if you are interested.



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NEW! Crawford County FGS


Miss Clara Bertha Eno
Teacher and Crawford County Historian

This county was created by an act of the territorial legislature October 18, 1820, and was drawn from Pulaski County. In 1828 the Osage and Cherokee country was added to the county. The boundaries were frequently changed down to 1851, since which time there have been comparatively few alterations. It was named in honor of William H. Crawford, President Monroe's Secretary of the Treasury. The records from 1818 to 1820 are on file at Little Rock. On March 23, 1877, the courthouse was destroyed by fire and all records were destroyed except those of the treasurer and a few deeds and mortgages. Since that date however the records are complete and are kept in fire-proof vaults.

Miss Clara B. Eno

READ Here:
"History Of Crawford County, Arkansas"
by Miss Clara B. Eno


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Crawford County Courthouse, Room 4
Van Buren, Arkansas 72956
County Seat: City of Van Buren
Phone: (501) 474-1511
Fax: (501) 471-3201

Additionally, if you have a Crawford County resource you'd like to share or offer to do look-ups in, please let us know and we'll add you to the list of wonderful and generous volunteers. If you have found the USGenWeb pages useful, think about sponsoring a county page yourself. It is not very hard to do and there is a wonderful online community of volunteers, mentors, and coordinators willing to help. To see Arkansas counties available for adoption, check out the Arkansas Orphan Counties Page, or go to any of the state USGenWeb pages to view a list of counties they may have available. You can also find links to all of the Arkansas counties on the ARGenWeb County page.

  Fast Facts: Crawford County, AR and William Harris CRAWFORD

  •  The county was formed on October 18, 1820 from Pulaski County
  •  The county seat is located in Van Buren, Arkansas 

The county is named in honor of William Harris Crawford, an important American politician and judge in the early 19th century. Crawford (b. 24 Feb 1772, d. 15 Sep 34) was a:
  •  Respected and influential Georgia Senator [1807],
  •  President Pro Tempore (the Acting Vice President) [1812-13],
  •  U.S. Ambassador to France [1813-15],
  •  9th United States Secretary of War [1815-16],
  •  Served as President Monroe's Secretary of the Treasury [1817-25],
  •  And was a candidate for President of the United States [1824].

Interestingly, Crawford was Monroe's rival for the presidency, however, because Monroe considered Crawford to be a friend and admired both his administrative skills and his political abilities, he selected Crawford to serve on his cabinet. In 1823, Crawford suffered a stroke and was stricken with paralysis; he recovered but remained in poor health, and was still politically powerful.

In 1825, Crawford retired to Georgia, where he was appointed as a state Superior Court Judge. Crawford remained an active judge until his untimely death a decade later. He is buried in Crawford Cemetery in Crawford, Georgia. During his lifetime, he was a lawyer, politician, judge, farmer and teacher.

In 1875, more than forty years after his death, William Harris Crawford appeared on the 50 cent bill. Two towns, and six counties have been named in honor of the lifetime achievements (and unwavering integrity) of William H. Crawford.

  •   Garraty, John A. and Mark C. Carnes. American National Biography, vol. 5, "Crawford, William Harris". New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  •  Preston, Daniel. A Comprehensive Catalogue of the Correspondence and Papers of James Monroe, vol. 1, , Greenwood Press, 1951.

Presidential Election 1824 – The Corrupt Bargain


This county is available for adoption - ARGenWeb Project Crawford County Coordinators
Betsy Mills - ARGenWeb Project State Coordinator
Jeff Kemp - ARGenWeb Project Assistant State Coordinator
Gina Heffernan - ARGenWeb Archives Project Coordinator