Biography of Hon. Francis Marion Crosby
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

Hon. Francis Marion Crosby is descended from an old Massachusetts family. His parents, Eliel and Grateful, nee Allen, Crosby, belonged to the agricultural class. Francis was born at Wilmington, Windham county, Vermont, November 13th, 1830. He was educated at the Wilmington high school and the Mount Caesar Seminary, Swanzey, New Hampshire, and was early a teacher himself. He read law with Hon. Oscar L. Shafter of Wilmington, since chief justice of California, and at Manchester, Vermont, with Hon. Daniel Roberts. He was admitted to the bar in December, 1855, and began practice at Wilmington. He served in the session of the Vermont legislature for the same year 1855, and also in the session of 1856. In May, of 18.58, he settled at Hastings. During his residence in Dakota county, he has been city attorney of Hastings for two or three terms, and was judge of probate in 1860 and 1861. He was member of the school board from 1866 until he took his seat as judge of the first judicial district of Minnesota, January 1st, 1872. He was re-elected to this latter position without opposition for another term of seven years, at the election held in November, 1878. Judge Crosby has the reputation of being an able, conscientious and courteous jurist. Originally he was a free soiler in politics, but since the organization of the republican party he has been one of its staunch supporters. Judge Crosby was first married, in 1866, to Miss Helen. Mar Sprague, of Cooperstown, New York. She died in 1869, leaving one child, Frank Noble. His present wife was Miss Helen M. Bates of Cherry Valley, New York; married in October, 1872. By her he has three children: Howard Walworth, Marion Emma and Helen Bates.

The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.

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