Stephen Crosby
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Stephen Crosby
Stephen Crosby
DiedAugust 5, 1869
Cause of deathLaudanum overdose
Resting placeOakwood Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic Party
Know Nothing Party
Eliza Green
ChildrenCharles Adolphus Crosby

Stephen Crosby (1808–1869) was an American politician. He served as the commissioner of the General Land Office for Texas in the 1850s and 1860s. He is the namesake of Crosby County, Texas.

Early life

Stephen Crosby was born in 1808 in South Carolina.[1][2][3]


Crosby worked on a steamboat on the Alabama River in the 1830s. He moved to Texas in 1840 and joined the Democratic Party.[3]

In 1851, he was elected as a commissioner of the General Land Office for Texas. He served in this capacity until 1858.[3] He ran again as a member of the Know Nothing Party, but he lost the election. Nevertheless, he served again as Commissioner as a Democrat until he was dismissed in 1867.[3]

Personal life

Crosby married Eliza Green.[3] They had a son, Charles Adolphus Crosby.[3] They resided in Austin, Texas.[2]


Crosby died of laudanum overdose on August 5, 1869 in Austin, Texas.[1][2][3]Crosby County, Texas was named in his honor.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Texas News". The Galveston Daily News. Galveston, Texas. August 10, 1869. p. 2. Retrieved 2016 – via access
  2. ^ a b c "Texas". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans, Louisiana. August 21, 1869. p. 3. Retrieved 2016 – via access
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Davis, Charles G. (June 12, 2010). "CROSBY, STEPHEN". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2016.

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