|Birth: ||Dec. 16, 1816|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 4, 1887|
John McClannahan Crockett, second mayor of Dallas, state representative, and
lieutenant governor of Texas, son of Robert McClannahan and
Elizabeth (White) Crockett, was born in Lancaster, South
Carolina, on December 26, 1816. His father was a South Carolina
state representative, and his grandfather, Robert Crockett, was
a Revolutionary War soldier. He attended Franklin Academy in
Lancaster, entered the mercantile business in Camden, South
Carolina, moved to Obion County, Tennessee, in 1836 as a partner
in a general store, and there married Catherine W. Polk on March
17, 1837. He began reading law in 1841 and received a license to
practice in 1844.
In 1847 he traveled with his wife to Paris, Texas, where they
stayed for several months while Crockett worked as a bookkeeper
and played his violin at village and country parties. They moved
the next year to Dallas, where John's brother-in-law, William H.
Hord, was county judge.
Crockett opened a law practice and served as deputy county clerk his first year in Dallas. In 1850
he was appointed commissioner of the Mercer colony.qv He was
elected state representative from the Dallas area in 1851. In
1852 he joined John H. Reaganqv and another man in investigating
Peters colonyqv troubles. He participated in many court trials
and was a law partner of John Jay Goodqv in Dallas in the early
1850s. He was first master of Tannehill Masonic Lodge in Dallas,
chartered on June 24, 1850. He was elected mayor of Dallas in
1857 and served three terms. He was meteorological observer in
Dallas for the Smithsonian Institution in 1859.
In 1861 he was elected lieutenant governor of Texas. In 1863 he decided not to stand for reelection and declined to enter the race for
governor, although he had a supportive constituency. Instead, he
returned to the Dallas area to become superintendent of the
Confederate arms factory at Lancaster.
Crockett was an incorporator of Dallas Grain, Elevator, and
Flouring Company in 1872 and a charter member of the executive
committee of the Dallas Pioneers Association in 1875. He and his
wife had no children. He died at their farm near Dallas on
August 4, 1887, and he and Catherine are buried in the Old
Masonic Cemetery in Dallas.
(bio by: K)
Robert McClanahan Crockett (1779 - 1826)
Elizabeth White Crockett (1786 - 1830)
Mary Jane Crockett Hord (1812 - 1876)*
John McClanahan Crockett (1816 - 1887)
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Record added: Aug 10, 2003
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