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The County of Crawford lies in northwestern Pennsylvania. Originally it was inhabited by the Iroquiois Indians and other tribes and nations.
In later years, the land was acquired by a group of Dutch investors under title of the Holland Land Company and resold to settlers.
The Commonwealth allocated land to its Revolutionary War soldiers as a bonus settlement.
The county was formed in 1800 from a portion of Allegheny County and named after Colonel William Crawford, an early military hero and close friend of George Washington.
The county has grown from a population of 2,346 in 1800 to 90,366 in 2000. It is divided into 35 townships, 14 boroughs, and two major cities.
Famous citizens of the past who were born or resided in Crawford County include Colonel Edwin Drake, driller of the first oil well; John Brown, slavery abolitionist; Ida Tarbell, Lincoln historian; Maxwell Anderson, playwright; W.H. Andrews, former New Mexico governor; Henry Baldwin, U.S. Supreme Court Justice; Harm Jan Huidekoper, Holland Land Company agent; Amos Densmore, developer of the typewriter; Clark Gable, movie actor; General Mark Clark, World War II fame; Alfred Landon, presidential candidate in 1936; James Thoburn, Methodist Bishop to India; Reverend Timothy Alden, Allegheny College founder; General George Cullum, military engineer of the Civil War; Raymond Shafer, first Commonwealth governor from northwestern Pennsylvania; Clarence Darrow, famed trial lawyer; and William McKinley, U.S. President.
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