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CRUMP, WILLIAM DORSEY (1844–1940). William Dorsey Crump, town founder, son of Robert Henry and Sara (Dorsey) Crump, was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on August 21, 1844. Before his service in the Confederate Army, he attended the University of Kentucky. In 1874 he moved to Texas, settled near the site of present Oak Cliff, and three years later married Mary King of Dallas. In June 1890 Crump moved his family to the South Plains region, where he helped organize and build the town of Lubbock. Crump was a Mason and a member of the Disciples of Christ Church. He was elected county judge in 1898 and served two terms. With others, he set up the Ripley Townsite Company, which established the town of Shallowater. Crump died on January 18, 1940.


Seymour V. Connor, ed., Builders of the Southwest (Lubbock: Southwest Collection, Texas Technological College, 1959).

Roy Sylvan Dunn

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