Role in Ravensworth – owner Parcel 1.2.1
William Craik (1761-1814), the eldest child of Dr. James and Marianne (Ewell) Craik, was a successful lawyer, judge (chief justice of the fifth judicial district of Maryland) and United States Representative from Maryland.2 A Federalist, in Congress he played significant roles in defending President John Adams against censure 3 and in the negotiations leading up to Thomas Jefferson’s election by the House of Representatives in the disputed presidential election of 1800.4
William’s father, James Craik (about 1730-1814), was a prominent physician and friend of George Washington; he was one of the attending physicians at Washington’s death in 1799.
- David S. Turk, A Family’s Path in America, 2007, 6. ↩
- Biographical Directory of the U. S. Congress (online): Craik, William. ↩
- “Censure: A Debate With a Past”, The Washington Post, Nov. 19, 1998, A27. ↩
- Robert Vincent Remini, Smithsonian Books (Publisher), and Library of Congress, The House (HarperCollins, 2006), 72. ↩