Rodney Rufus Crowley
|New York Inspector of State Prisons|
January 1, 1876 – February 17, 1877
|Deputy New York State Superintendent of Banks|
October 14, 1893 – circa 1895
|Preceded by||William F. Creed|
|Born||November 12, 1836|
Mount Holly, Vermont
|Died||1913 (age 77)|
Randolph, New York
Jane Hobart Mussey
|Children||Frederick Bowen Crowley (b. 1865)|
Mary G. Crowley (b. 1872)
|Parents||Parmelia and Rufus Crowley|
He was born on November 12, 1836 in Mount Holly, Vermont to Parmelia and Rufus Crowley. The family moved in 1841 to Yorkshire, New York, and in 1848 to Randolph, New York. He was admitted to the bar in 1861. He was a Justice of the Peace in Randolph in 1861, 1866 and 1872.
He fought in the American Civil War. He enrolled first on August 17, 1861, as a private, and finished the war as a captain. He was wounded in the Battle of Seven Pines and in the Battle of Gettysburg, and discharged for disability on November 6, 1863.
On September 3, 1861, he married Jane Hobert Mussey (b. 1835), and their children were Frederick Bowen Crowley (b. 1865) and Mary G. Crowley (b. 1872).
In 1867, he was appointed a Commissioner to inquire into and ascertain what damages had been done to the lands embraced in the Cattaraugus Reservation, Allegany Indian Reservation and Oil Springs Reservation by trespassers, and submitted his report to the New York State Senate in 1868.
He was Supervisor of the Town of Randolph in 1868 and 1869. From 1869 to 1871, he was Collector of Internal Revenue for the 31st District of New York. He was a Trustee of the Village of Randolph in 1874.
In 1875, he was elected on the Democratic ticket an Inspector of State Prisons, and was in office from January 1876 to February 1877. The office was abolished by a constitutional amendment in 1876, and the three last Inspectors of State Prisons - George Wagener, Crowley and Robert H. Anderson - left office upon the appointment of Louis D. Pilsbury as Superintendent of State Prisons.
On October 14, 1893, he was appointed Deputy New York State Superintendent of Banks taking over the duties of William F. Creed. He died in 1913 in Randolph, New York and may have been buried in Randolph Rural Cemetery.
- "The Syracuse Convention. Gov. Tilden's Orders Obeyed". New York Times. September 18, 1875. Retrieved 2011-05-04.
The Democratic State Convention adjourned this afternoon, after having faithfully executed every order issued to it by Gov. Tilden. ... C. A. Walrath was nominated for Canal Commissioner, and Rodney R. Crowley, of Cattaraugus, for State Prison ...
- "Crowley Succeeds Creed" (PDF). New York Times. October 15, 1893. Retrieved 2011-05-04.
Rodney R. Crowley of Randolph, Cattaraugus County, has been appointed Deputy State Superintendent of Banks, ...
- "Rodney R. Crowley". Retrieved 2011-05-04.
Crowley, Rodney R. born 1836 died 1913 - Son of Rufus & Adaline Crowley- Capt. Co. 'B' 64th Regt. NY Vols