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.
Dakota County, MN
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