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William Henry Crain (November 25, 1848 – February 10, 1896) was a U.S. Representative from Texas.

William H. Crain
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – February 10, 1896
Preceded byS. W. T. Lanham
Succeeded byRudolph Kleberg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1893
Preceded byThomas P. Ochiltree
Succeeded byGeorge C. Pendleton
Personal details
Born(1848-11-25)November 25, 1848
Galveston, Texas
DiedFebruary 10, 1896(1896-02-10) (aged 47)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic

Born in Galveston, Texas, Crain attended the Christian Brothers' School, New York City, until the age of fourteen, and graduated from St. Francis Xavier's College, New York City, in 1867. He returned to Texas and lived on a ranch for two years. He studied law in Indianola, Texas, while teaching school. He was admitted to the bar in 1871 and commenced practice in Indianola, Texas. He served as member of the Texas Senate 1876-1878. He served as district attorney of the twenty-third judicial district of Texas 1872-1876.

Crain served in the national Democratic convention in 1880.[1] He was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth and to the five succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1885, until his death in Washington, D.C., February 10, 1896. In Congress he opposed both prohibition and the free silver movement.[1] He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings during the Fifty-third Congress. After his death, a fellow Congressman from Texas noted that "Mr. Crain was a poor man; he did not possess the money-making faculty."[2] He was interred in Hillside Cemetery, Cuero, Texas.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "William H. Crain (id: C000865)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  1. ^ a b Roell, Craig H. "Crain, William Henry". Texas State Historical Association. Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  2. ^ Memorial Addresses on the Life & Character of William H. Crain. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office. 1897. p. 11.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas P. Ochiltree
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1885 - March 3, 1893
Succeeded by
George C. Pendleton
Preceded by
S. W. T. Lanham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 11th congressional district

March 4, 1893 - February 10, 1896
Succeeded by
Rudolph Kleberg