The Presidents Code – President Pro Tempore William H. Crawford
William Crawford became President Pro Tempore at the end of March 1812. At the end of April of 1812, Vice President George Clinton died, leaving Crawford as the next in line of Presidential succession. Crawford would remain in this position as ‘heir to the Presidency’ until the election of 1812 and Eldbridge Gerry’s filling of the Vice Presidency on March 4th of 1813. James Madison appointed Crawford as his Secretary of War in 1815 and then Secretary of Treasury in 1816. He would remain in that role through the remainder of Madison’s Presidency and continue through all of James Monroe‘s Presidency which ended in 1825. He ran for President in 1824 and finished third in electoral votes in that election behind Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams.
Crawford’s name meaning is pointing to Adam being cast out of the Garden and his hope in the Promised Seed of the woman to bring victory over the serpent.
William comes from the Germanic words ‘wil’ meaning desire and ‘helm’ meaning the head, or helmet/protection. This is speaking of the Promised Seed of the woman (Isaiah 59:17).
Harris derives from the Medieval form of Henry. Henry means a ‘home ruler,’ again pointing to Adam’s rule over the earth.
Crawford comes from the Old English ‘craw’ meaning crow and ‘ford’ meaning a ford or river crossing. A ‘crow ford’ or crossing for crows. A ford is a crossing, as in Adam crossing from the Garden of Eden into exile. In Scripture, crows or ravens are associated with desolation (Isaiah 34:11). When Adam left the Garden, he entered a world in which the ground was cursed, or desolate (Genesis 3:17).
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