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George William Croft (December 20, 1846 – March 10, 1904) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina, father of Theodore Gaillard Croft.

George William Croft
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 10, 1904
Preceded byW. Jasper Talbert
Succeeded byTheodore G. Croft
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Aiken County
In office
November 28, 1882 – December 24, 1883
In office
January 8, 1901 – February 22, 1902
Member of the South Carolina Senate
In office
1880
Personal details
Born(1846-12-20)December 20, 1846
Newberry County, South Carolina
DiedMarch 10, 1904(1904-03-10) (aged 57)
Washington, D.C.
Resting placeAiken, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materSouth Carolina Military Academy
University of Virginia
Professionattorney
Military service
AllegianceConfederate States of America Confederate States of America
Branch/serviceConfederate States Army
Years of service1864–1865

Born in Newberry County, South Carolina, Croft attended the common schools in Greenville, South Carolina. He entered the South Carolina Military Academy at Charleston in 1863. Along with all the other cadets at the Citadel, he was mustered into the Confederate States Army in 1864 and served until the close of the Civil War.

He attended the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1866 and 1867, where he studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1869 and commenced practice in Aiken, South Carolina, in 1870. He served as president of the State bar association.

He served as member of the State House of Representatives from 1882–1883 and 1901–1902. He served in the State Senate in 1880.

Croft was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth Congress and served from March 4, 1903, until his death from a splinter[1] in Washington, D.C., on March 10, 1904. While serving in Congress, he proposed the idea of building a post office in downtown Aiken. Upon his death, his son Theodore G. Croft was elected to finish his father's term in Congress. His son carried on the idea of building the post office.[2] He was interred in St. Thaddeus' Episcopal Churchyard, Aiken, South Carolina.

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  1. ^ SPLINTER KILLS CONGRESSMAN; Representative Croft Injured His Thumb and Blood Poisoning Followed., in the New York Times; published March 11, 1904
  2. ^ Lord, Philip (22 February 1990). "Old Aiken Post Office Sold". Aiken Standard.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
W. Jasper Talbert
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 2nd congressional district

1903–1904
Succeeded by
Theodore G. Croft