Abial Daily Crossman

Abial Daily Crossman

Birth
Greene, Androscoggin County, Maine, USA
Death 13 Jun 1859 (aged 55)
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 11347925 · View Source
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Mayor of New Orleans from 1846 to 1853. Also served as a Representative in the Legislature of the state of Louisiana in 1844.
CROSSMAN, Abial Daily, politician, mayor of New Orleans. Born, Greene, Me., November 3, 1803. Limited formal education; was taught by father to make and sell hats. Arrived New Orleans, 1829; opened hat shop at 24 Canal Street; succeeded in business; entered politics 1839; became successively alderman, state representative, mayor. A Whig, elected to the state legislature, 1844, about same time named to the general council when Mayor Joseph E. Montegut was elected, April 11, 1844. Thus Crossman became chairman of the Financial Committee of the debt-ridden Municipality Council. His fiscal conservatism won Crossman popularity. Elected mayor, April 6, 1846. Reelected to three two-year terms. Left office in the spring of 1854. During tenure a new city hall, now named James Gallier Hall for its architect, was designed in 1846 and constructed shortly thereafter; levees were built; local streets were paved with granite blocks for the first time; a new charter consolidated the city's former three municipalities. Never married. Died, New Orleans, June 13, 1859. Interred Cypress Cemetery. His remains were subsequently moved to the base of a monument in nearby Greenwood Cemetery. Crossman Public School named for subject in 1907. R.M.J. Sources: obituary, New Orleans Daily Delta, June 14, 1859; obituary, New Orleans Daily True Delta, June 14, 15, 1859; New Orleans Commercial Bulletin, June 14-16, 1859; New Orleans Daily Crescent, June 14-15, 1859; Cohen's New Orleans Directory (1853); Robert Meyer, Jr., Names Over New Orleans Public Schools (1975); W. P. A., Biographies of the Mayors of New Orleans; W. P. A., Administrations of the Mayors of New Orleans.