Edward Cross (politician)

Edward Cross
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1839 (1839-03-04) – March 3, 1845 (1845-03-03)
Preceded byArchibald Yell
Succeeded byArchibald Yell
Personal details
Born(1798-11-11)November 11, 1798
Hawkins County, Tennessee
DiedApril 6, 1887(1887-04-06) (aged 88)
Hempstead County, Arkansas
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic
ChildrenDavid Cross Mary Frances Witherspoon



railway president

Edward Cross (November 11, 1798 – April 6, 1887) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Arkansas.


Cross was born in Hawkins County, Tennessee, and he attended public schools during his youth. He studied law and was admitted to the bar.


In 1826 Cross moved to Arkansas and was appointed as a federal judge for the Territory of Arkansas on May 26, 1830. From April 30, 1836 to September 1, 1838 he served as United States surveyor general for Arkansas.[1]

Cross was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth, Twenty-seventh, and Twenty-eighth United States Congresses between March 4, 1839 and March 3, 1845.[2] During the Twenty-eighth Congress he served as chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims.

Cross served as a justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court from July 1845 to 1855. Cross served as president of the Cairo & Fulton Railway (later the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway from 1855 to 1862. In 1874 he was appointed attorney general of Arkansas.


Cross died at his residence, Marlbrook, near Washington, Hempstead County, Arkansas on 6 April 1887 (age 88 years, 146 days). He was interred at his residence,[3] then his remains were moved and interred at the Marlbrook Cemetery near modern-day Blevins Arkansas in the 20th century. Cross County, Arkansas is named for his son, David Cross.


  1. ^ "Edward Cross". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Edward Cross". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Edward Cross". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 24 June 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Archibald Yell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1845
Succeeded by
Archibald Yell