This has been a beautiful Easter Sunday in Southwest Georgia, as we natives call our part of the state. I hope that wherever you happened to be today, you found peace and hope.
This blog entry is about a house. It’s one that I listed for sale earlier this year located in Ellaville, Georgia. Ellaville is the county seat of Schley County, Georgia, one of Georgia’s 159 counties, and one of its smaller ones. It’s where I’m from originally, and it’s near and dear to my heart.
The house is at the corner of College and Broad streets in Ellaville. Students of local history believe it was built in 1860. That being so, it is an antebellum house, that is, built before the U.S. Civil War. It has that look about it with its wrap-around porch, its high-pitched roof, and its five chimneys.
The most distinguishing thing about the house, however, is not physical but historical. It was the home of Charles Frederick Crisp (January 29, 1845-October 23, 1896). Crisp represented Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District and was the 37th speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
He served as speaker during the 52nd and 53rd Congresses beginning December 8, 1891 and concluding March 4, 1895. He died the following year, and is buried in Americus, Georgia.
Crisp was one of three Georgians who have served as speaker, the other two being Howell Cobb, who preceded Crisp, and Newt Gingrich, a living speaker and former presidential candidate.