George William Crump (September 26, 1786 – October 1, 1848) was a member of the United States House of Representatives in the 19th United States Congress and the U.S. Ambassador to Chile.[1]

George William Crump
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Cumberland County
In office
Alongside Daniel Wilson
In office
1817 – 1821
Alongside Allen Wilson, John White
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th district
In office
January 21, 1826 – March 4, 1827
Preceded byJohn Randolph
Succeeded byJohn Randolph
Personal details
Born(1786-09-26)September 26, 1786
Powhatan County, Virginia
DiedOctober 1, 1848(1848-10-01) (aged 62)
Powhatan County, Virginia
Resting place"Log Castle," Chesterfield County, Virginia
Political partyJacksonian
Alma materWashington College
College of William & Mary
Princeton College
University of Pennsylvania
Professiondoctor, civil servant

Biography edit

Crump was born in Powhatan County, Virginia. Crump attended then Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) from sometime around 1800 to 1804. According to legend, in August heading into his senior year, Crump was arrested by the authorities of Lexington, Virginia, for running naked through the town, the United States' first recorded incident of streaking.[2] Crump was suspended for the first semester of the 1804–05 academic year.[2]

He went on following Washington College to also graduate from Princeton College in 1805, from the College of William & Mary in 1806,[3] and he also studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from 1806 to 1808.

Crump served in the Virginia House of Delegates. Crump would later serve as member of the Nineteenth Congress of the United States as a Jacksonian Democrat, filling a vacancy caused by the resignation of John Randolph. He served from January 21, 1826, to March 3, 1827.

He was unsuccessful in his bid for reelection in 1826 election to the 20th United States Congress and left public life for a time. He was later appointed by President Andrew Jackson as chief clerk of the Pension Bureau in 1832.

He died on October 1, 1848, in Powhatan County, Virginia,[4] and is interred on his home's grounds at "Log Castle" on Swift Creek, Chesterfield County, near Colonial House, Virginia.

References edit

  1. ^ McDonnell, Hannah. "People Who Went To Penn: George William Crump". Under the Button. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Streaking: A timeline". The Week. Dennis Publishing Limited. January 8, 2015. Retrieved October 21, 2021. 1804: George William Crump becomes the first American college student arrested for streaking. Crump is suspended for the term from his Virginia school, Washington College (now Washington and Lee), but goes on to serve in Congress and as ambassador to Chile. With Robert E. Lee's blessing, streaking later becomes a rite of passage for Washington and Lee men.
  3. ^ A Catalogue of the College of William & Mary in Virginia. 1859. p. 53.
  4. ^ (8 October 1848). Death of the late Chief Clerk of the Pension Office, Daily Union (Washington, D.C.)
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Randolph