Crowley, Miles (1859–1921)

By: Anne W. Hooker

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: December 1, 1994

Miles Crowley, congressman and judge, was born on February 22, 1859, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was educated in the public schools and worked for a time as a longshoreman. In the 1870s he moved to Galveston, Texas, where he was assistant chief of the Galveston Fire Department and studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1892. That year he was elected a member of the Texas House of Representatives, and in 1893–94 he served in the Texas Senate. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fourth Congress and served from March 4, 1896, to March 3, 1897. He afterward resumed his private practice in Galveston rather than running for reelection. From 1904 to 1912 he served as county attorney and in 1920 became judge of the county court, an office he held until his death, on September 22, 1921. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Galveston.

Biographical Directory of the American Congress. Galveston News, September 23, 1921.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Anne W. Hooker, “Crowley, Miles,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 17, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 1, 1994