- Robert L. Gale
Crawford, Thomas (22 March 1813?–10 October 1857), sculptor, was born in New York City, the son of Aaron Crawford, evidently a waiter and laborer, and Mary Gibson, both of whom were Irish immigrants. His father had wanted him to become an office clerk, but from his earliest years Crawford wanted to be a sculptor. Consequently, he apprenticed himself to a wood carver, made drawings of plaster casts of ancient sculpture at the American Academy of Fine Arts, and studied art informally at the National Academy of Design. When he was about nineteen years of age, Crawford obtained a position in the firm of the sculptors ...