This Day in Texas History: Last Surviving Signer of Texas Declaration of Independence Dies
This Day in Texas History:
September 3rd, 1895 — Last surviving signer of Texas Declaration of Independence dies
William Carrol Crawford. Crawford, a native of North Carolina, moved to Texas in 1835 and settled near Shelbyville. He and Sydney O. Penington represented Shelby County at the Convention of 1836, which wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Republic of Texas and established the ad interim government. Crawford, who later lived in Camp, Hill, and Johnson counties, died ten days before his ninety-first birthday.