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Henry A. Crabb


Picture of Henry A. Crabb
Date Party Office Votes Result
09-03-1851 Whig AD-07 0 Win
11-02-1852 Whig SD-07 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Henry Alexander Crabb
Born: 1822-1824 in Nashville, Tennessee
Married: Filomena Ainsa (also identified as Maria Petra Ainsa)
Children: Henry Alexander, Jr and Augustine C.
Family: Brother-in-law of T. W. Taliaferro
Military Service: Arizona Colonization Company (1857 Attempted Succession of the Republic of Sonora)
Killed: April 7, 1857 at Cavores, Sonora, Mexico*

1857: At the time of his death, Crabb was attempting to create an independent country, the "Republic of Sonora" from a part of northern Mexico (which would have then petitioned to join the Union as a state).

  • HISTORICAL: The most California State Legislators to die at the same time occured on the morning of April 7, 1857 when the Mexican Army executed Henry A. CrabbFreeman S. McKinneyThomas J. OxleyW. H. H. McCounN. R. Wood, and John C. Henry
  • Crabb was described as "a violent pro-slavery man" in California and Californians by Rockwell D. Hunt (1926)
  • Crabb died an "ignomious death at the hands of the savage Mexicans" when he was executed following an 8-day battle. The 104-person filibuster expedition he was leading fought a battle with Mexicans in the town of Cavores. The battle continued for eight days, at the end of which Crabb surrendered with 58 men. He was executed by firing squad the next day. [Source: Daily Alta California, Volume IX, Number 133, 14 May 1857]

Source: Crabb's Filibustering Expedition into Sonora, 1857 by Robert H. Forbes (1952)
Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)
Source: Daily Alta California, Volume IX, Number 133, 14 May 1857