Alexander W. Crawford, ex-mayor of Girard and a leading citizen, was born February 9, 1861, at Godfrey, Madison County, Illinois, and is a son of Robert W. and Ann (Squire) Crawford. The former was born in Ireland, and the latter in England.
Our subject received a common school education at Godfrey and at one time was the postmaster of that place, also a member of the Madison County board two terms and later United States live stock inspector at the National Stock Yards at East St. Louis, Illinois, which position he resigned to take charge of the Williamson County Coal Company's mines at Johnston City, Williamson County, Illinois, which position he resigned in 1899 and removed to Girard to take charge of the Greenridge Mining Company's interests. During the last two years he has been very extensively engaged in buying coal rights, having bought and sold to capitalists nearly 40,000 acres.
Mr. Crawford has been interested in politics since boyhood and has been one of the leading spirits of the Democratic party, both in Madison and Macoupin counties. His party services include eight years as chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Committee, and 12 years as secretary of the Democratic Executive Committee in Madison County. He served as mayor of Girard during 1901 and 1902.
Mr. Crawford has been twice married, first to Jennie H. Stewart, of Godfrey, Illinois. she died in 1893, leaving three children: Alexander M., William P., and Louise S. Mr. Crawford married, second, Maude A. Boyd, of Godfrey, Illinois. They have three children: John T., Mary A., and Sue Harriet.