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William Wallace Crapo was born 1830 and died 1926. Mr. Crapo was the son of Henry Howland Crapo. He was the head of the law firm Crapo, Clifford & Clifford and later, Crapo Clifford Prescott and Bullard. He was engaged in the prosecution on behalf of the New Bedford whalemen in the “Alabama Claims” whereby the British Government paid $15,000,000 to the U.S. Government for losses suffered due to the collusion of the British with the Confederate privateers. Mr. Crapo was president of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society from 1903 to 1908.
Henry Howland Crapo was the eldest son of William Wallace Crapo. He was born in 1862 and in 1887 become a member of Crapo, Clifford & Clifford. Mr. Crapo was president of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society from 1938 to 1940.
Charles Warren Clifford, eldest son of Gov. John Henry Clifford was born in 1844. In 1869 he became a member of Marston & Crapo until its dissolution in 1878. He then became a partner in the firm of Crapo, Clifford & Clifford where he remained for 45 years. He was counsel for the owners of the Cape Horn Pigeon (Bark) and took part in the arbitration between the U.S. and Russia at the Hague. He died in 1923.
Walter Clifford was the second son of Gov. John Henry Clifford. He was born in 1849. He became the managing clerk for the law office of Marston & Crapo and from 1878 until his death 34 years later, was a partner in the firm of Crapo, Clifford & Clifford, later Crapo, Clifford & Prescott, then Crapo, Clifford Prescott & Bullard. He died in 1912.
Oliver Prescott (second) was the grandson of Judge Oliver Prescott. Oliver Prescott was a member of Crapo, Clifford, Prescott and Bullard. He died in 1938.
John H. Clifford, grandson of Gov. John Henry Clifford and son of Walter Clifford, was a member of the firm Crapo, Clifford, Prescott & Bullard.
George Marston was born in 1821. He became an associate of W. W. Crapo in 1869 and established Marston & Crapo. That firm continued for nine years and upon the dissolution of the partnership it then became Marston & Cobb. He died in 1883.
The law firm of Crapo, Clifford, Prescott and Bullard is a descendant of the firm of Coffin (Timothy G.) and Clifford (John H.), 1830-1834. In succession came the partnerships of Colby and Clifford, Clifford and Brigham, Brigham and Stone, Stone and Crapo, Marston and Crapo, and Crapo, Clifford and Clifford, the latter formed in 1878. Mr. Crapo’s partners and associates were Joshua C. Stone, George Marston, Wendell H. Cobb, Charles W. Clifford, Walter Clifford, Frederick S.C. Bartlett, Henry H. Crapo (second), Oliver Prescott (second), John H. Clifford (second), John M. Bullard, Oliver Prescott (third) and Bryant Prescott.
This collection of papers and records represents the law offices of Crapo, Clifford & Clifford and its antecedents. The partners practiced admiralty law and were consequently involved in several notable cases concerning whaling ships from New Bedford. Other types of documents held in this collection reflect the broader scope of the law practice and include financial papers, insurance papers, personal papers, patent papers, estate records, and records pertaining to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society's founding in 1903 in addition to non-maritime issues, including papers related to "Alabama Claims Court." Researchers should note that the documents held within this collection represent only a portion of the firm's work and history. Other papers are believed to be held privately at the present time.
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Acushnet River (Mass.)
Akin, Mrs. W. H.
Allen, W. H.
Anthony, Senator H.B.
Baker, Col. William S.
Baker, William H.
Barstow, E. W.
Beaman & Crapo (New Bedford, Mass.)
Bedford Commercial Bank (New Bedford, Mass.)
Bills of sale
Bourne, Jonathan Jr., 1811-1889
Brigham & Stone
Cape Cod B. R. Road Co.
Charles W. Morgan (Ship)
Clark's Cove Guano Works
Clifford, Charles Warren
Clifford, Clifford & Brigham (New Bedford, Mass.)
Clifford, John H.
Clifford, Walter C.
Coastwise Transportation Co.
Coffin & Clifford (New Bedford, Mass.)
Colby & Clifford (New Bedford, Mass.)
Commercial Insurance Co. (New Bedford, Mass.)
Cook, James, 1728-1779
Crapo, Clifford & Clifford (New Bedford, Mass.)
Crapo, Clifford, Prescott and Bullard (New Bedford, Mass.)
Crapo, Henry Howland, 1804-1869
Crapo, William Wallace, 1830-1926
Crosby, Owen W.
Dana, Edmond T.
Davis Coast Wrecking Corp. (New Bedford, Mass.)
DePonte v. Monroe et al.
Delano, Albert O.
Dennison Bros. Coal Co. (New Bedford, Mass.)
E. Anthony & Sons
Edwards, Pardon C.
Faial Island (Azores)
Fall River Rail Road Co.
Gammon, Edgar H.
Glidden, William T.
Gordon, William A.
Green, Edward H.R. (Edward Howland Robinson), 1869-1936
Green, Hetty Howland Robinson, 1835-1916
Greene, David Russell
Guaymas (Sonora, Mexico)
Hathaway, Thomas B.
Hazard, James S.
Howland, Edward W.
Howland, Frederick S.
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Law firms--New Bedford, Mass.
Liverpool and London Fire and Life Insurance Company
Luce, William T.
Manning v. Bourne
Manning, Jerome F.
Marston & Crapo
Martha's Vineyard (Mass.)
Massey & Murray
McCullough, Mary E.
Merril's Wharf (New Bedford, Mass.)
Middelboro Railroad Corp. (Middleboro, Mass.)
Munroe & Morris
Muskegat Channel (Martha's Vineyard, Mass.)
Nantucket Steamboat Company
National Bank of New Bedford (New Bedford, Mass.)
Naushon Island (Mass.)
Neil vs. La Grange (Bark)
New Bedford & New York Steamship Company
New Bedford (Mass.)
New Bedford Gas and Edison Light Company (New Bedford, Mass.)
New Bedford Steam Coasting Corp. (New Bedford, Mass.)
New Bedford and Boston Railroad
New Bedford and Ohio Candle Company
New Bedford, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket Steamboat Company
Northern New York Telephone Corp.
Norwich & New York Transportation Co.
Oil and Candle House (New Bedford, Mass.)
Okhotsk, Sea of
Osbourne, Samuel Jr.
Pacific Bank (Nantucket, Mass.)
Pacific Mutual Insurance Company
Palmer's Island (New Bedford, Mass.)
Pope's Island (New Bedford, Mass.)
Revere Copper and Brass Incorporated
Rexford & Ashley
Richmond & Tiffany
Rodman, Benjamin, 1794-1876
Rogers, Henry Huttleston, 1840-1909
Rotch Wharf Company (New Bedford, Mass.)
Rotch, William T.
Ruggles v. Davenport
Russell's Mills (Dartmouth, Mass.)
Sag Harbor (N.Y.)
Samuel Osbourne Jr. v. William S. Munroe
Seabury, O. & E.W.
Stone & Brigham
Stone & Crapo
Sun Mutual Insurance Company
Swift, Jireh, 1809-1905
Taber, Edward T.
Tanner, Smith & Co.
Tarkiln Hill (New Bedford, Mass.)
Thayer & Judd Paraffine Corp.
Union Wharf Company (Fairhaven, Mass.)
United States--Politics and government
United States. Court of Commissioners of Alabama Claims
Whaling Insurance Co. (New Bedford, Mass.)
Whelden, Clara C.
Wing, Charles F.
Winnegabec Trading & Mining Co.
Woods Hole (Mass.)
Wright, William A.
Zerrano & Co.
A.H. Whitmore (Schooner)
A.L. Butler (Schooner)
A.L. Tucker (Bark)
Abram Barker (Schooner)
Asa F. Stowell (Schooner)
Bartholomew Gosnold (Ship)
Cape Horn Pigeon (Bark)
Clara A. Phinney (Schooner)
Clara Bell (Bark)
Daniel Wood (Ship)
E. C. Cowdin (Bark)
Eaton & Ferris (Steamship)
Elizabeth Swift (Bark)
Emily Bourne (Schooner)
Francis Allyn (Schooner)
General Pike (Ship)
Helen Mar (Bark)
Isaac Howland (Ship)
Jacob A. Howland (Bark)
James Allen (Ship)
Jireh Perry (Ship)
Jireh Swift (Bark)
John Bright (Ship)
Joseph Maxwell (Bark)
King Phillip (Ship)
L. O. Foster (Schooner)
La Grange (Bark)
Loring Meigs (Ship)
Manuel Ortiz (Bark)
Mary & Helen (Bark)
Mary R. Somers (Schooner)
Mount Hope (Schooner)
Neil vs. La Grange (Bark)
Nellie M. Slade (Bark)
Northern Light (Bark)
Obed Mitchell (Ship)
Ocean Rover (Bark)
Oliver Crocker (Ship)
Phillipe de la Noye (Ship)
Samuel & Thomas (Bark)
South Boston (Ship)
St. Peter (Ship)
Thomas Pope (Bark)
Three Brothers (Bark)
W. A. Farnsworth (Bark)