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Crump, Edward Hull

Rodney P. Carlisle

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Crump, Edward Hull (02 October 1874–16 October 1954), political boss, was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, the son of Edward Hull Crump, a Confederate veteran and planter, and Mary C. Nelms. Crump’s father died when Crump was three years old, and the family, struggling against poverty, gave up the plantation and moved into town. As a young man, Crump worked in a variety of odd jobs, including plowing with a team of oxen, selling fruit to passengers on the railroad, and working as a printer’s assistant. At the age of sixteen he became a bookkeeper in a country store in Lula, Mississippi, and at age seventeen he moved to Memphis....

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Subjects: US Politics

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