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William Carey Crane
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Birth: Mar. 17, 1816
Richmond City
Virginia, USA
Death: Feb. 27, 1885
Washington County
Texas, USA

Republic of Texas Veteran

William Carey Crane, Baptist pastor, editor, and college president, was born in Richmond, Virginia, on March 17, 1816, the son of William and Lydia (Dorset) Crane.

After receiving lessons from private teachers he attended Mount Pleasant Classical Institute in Amherst, Massachusetts, and Virginia Baptist Seminary (now Richmond College). In 1833 he moved to New York and attended Hamilton Literary and Theological Institute and Madison (now Colgate) University. In 1834 he entered Columbian College (now George Washington University), from which he received an A.B. degree in 1836 and an A.M. in 1839.

Crane taught in Georgia from 1837 to 1839 and was ordained to the Baptist ministry in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1838 at the age of twenty-two.

During this period he married Alcesta Flora Galusha of Rochester, who died in 1840. In March 1839 he accepted a pastorate at Montgomery, Alabama, where he became acquainted with the family of Margaret Lea Houston. In Alabama Crane also met William Milton Tryon and James Huckins, who, together with Robert Emmett Bledsoe Baylor, later became the major organizers of Baylor University.

Crane married Jane Louisa Wright, also of New York, in 1841. Three years after her death in 1842, he married Catharine Jane Shepherd of Mobile, Alabama. The couple had nine children, eight of whom lived to maturity.

Crane died on February 27, 1885; he was the first Baylor president to die in office. He was originally buried in Independence, but in 1937 the Texas Centennial Commission had his body reinterred in the State Cemetery at Austin. Crane County is named in his honor.

Headstone Text:
William Carey Crane
Born In Richmond Va. March 17, 1816.
Died in Independence Tex. Feb. 27, 1885.
He gave his life to the cause of education and religion
in Ga. Ala. Miss. La. and Texas. The remains of Dr. Crane
were removed from Washington County and on February 26, 1937 Reinterred in this cemetery by the State of Texas
President Baylor Univeristy
1863 - 1885

Family links: 
  William Crane (1790 - 1866)
  Lydia Dorset Crane (1786 - 1830)
  Alcesta Flora Galusha Crane (1816 - 1840)*
  Jane Louisa Wright Crane (1815 - 1842)*
  Catherine Jane Shepherd Crane (1829 - 1923)*
  Infant Crane (1842 - 1842)*
  William Carey Crane (1846 - 1916)*
  Anne Dickinson Crane Bondies (1848 - 1900)*
  Kate Shepherd Crane (1850 - 1851)*
  Charles Judson Crane (1852 - 1928)*
  Gordon Shepherd Crane (1854 - 1909)*
  Balfour Dorset Crane (1856 - 1928)*
  James Thomas Crane (1859 - 1906)*
  Royston Carey Crane (1864 - 1956)*
  Hallie Burns Crane Rippeteau (1866 - 1951)*
  William Carey Crane (1816 - 1885)
  Adoniram Judson Crane (1817 - 1867)*
  Andrew Fuller Crane (1820 - 1885)*
  Catherine Ann Crane (1824 - 1831)*
  Ward Crane (1826 - 1832)*
  George Whitfield Crane (1827 - 1868)*
  Harriet Newal Crane Burns (1829 - 1866)*
  Lydia Crane (1833 - 1916)**
  Eliza Jean Crane (1836 - 1836)**
  Anne Moncure Crane Seemuller (1838 - 1872)**
  Margaret Crane (1840 - 1842)**
  Isabella Crane (1840 - 1842)**
  James Conway Crane (1843 - 1888)**
  Luther Rice Crane (1846 - 1853)**
  Josephine Stone Crane (1849 - 1920)**
*Calculated relationship
Texas State Cemetery
Travis County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 Row:T Number:
Maintained by: Ancestral Sleuth
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Mar 31, 2005
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William Carey Crane
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William Carey Crane
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