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Crapo, Philip Madison, 1844-1903


biographical statement

Des Moines Co. Bios (, via WWW, March 13, 2014 (Philip Madison Crapo; b. June 30, 1844, in Freetown, Mass. to Philip Crapo and Hannah Crapo; grew up in New Bedford, Mass.; acquired good education at the common and high schools there; joined Union Army at age eighteen; moved to Flint, Mich. after Civil War to be a civil engineer; in 1868 moved to Burlington, Ia. as agent for Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company; eventually in charge of company's business over Iowa and Nebraska; m. Ruth A. Ray in Burlington on Sept. 6, 1870; had seven children; pres. of Burlington & Illinois Bridge Company which helped build wagon bridge next to railroad bridge across the Mississippi; pres. of Burlington board of trade; pres. of Burlington & Henderson County Ferry Company; pres. of the Burlington Commercial Club; a trustee of the city for the ferry franchise; trustee of the public library; trustee of the Congregational church; instrumental in the building of the city's public library and Crapo Park; helped establish the Iowa Soldier's Home at Marshalltown; nominated to be a State senator; in 1887 mentioned for the office of governor; d. Sept. 20, 1903)

NACO authority file (served in North Carolina with Union Army during the Civil War)

UPB files, March 13, 2014 (traveled to Yellowstone N.P. in Sept, 1872 during it's first year as a park)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Philip Madison Crapo letter on visit to Yellowstone National Park

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8411
Scope and Contents

Materials include a four-page letter written from Helena, Montana, by Philip M. Crapo to his sister relating his visit to Yellowstone National Park just months after the area was officially made a national park. Crapo was one of the approximately 300 persons who visited the park in its first year. He describes many of the thermal features, falls of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone River canyon, and other scenery of the park that he saw in his visit. Dated September 20, 1872.

Dates: 1872 September 20