United States Congressman from Maryland
Member of the 1861 Peace Conference that tried to avert the Civil War!
(1806-97) Born near Chestertown, Kent County, Md., he was educated at Washington College, Chestertown, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1830, and commenced practice in Princess Anne, Somerset County. He served as a member of the Maryland State House of Representatives in 1836. He was a member of the U.S. Congress, 1847-49. He was a delegate to the Maryland State constitutional convention in 1850; and served as a member of the 1861 peace conference held in Washington, D.C., whose goal was to try and prevent the impending Civil War. He returned to the U.S. Congress in 1861 serving until 1863. He was a delegate to the Union National Convention at Philadelphia in 1866. He located and founded the town of Crisfield, Somerset County, Md., in 1866; was instrumental in building the Eastern Shore Railroad and served as its president.
Signature With Place: 6 1/4 x 1 1/4, in ink, J.W. Crisfield, Princess Anne, Maryland.