“J. A. J Creswell Dead.,” Boston (MA) Advertiser, December 24, 1891, p. 2: 4.
He Was President Grant’s Postmaster-General for Five Years – Congressman, U.S. Senator and Important State Officer
ELKTON, MD., Dec. 23- J. A. J. Creswell who died here today, was born at Port Deposit, Md., Nov. 18, 1828. He graduated at Dickinson College in 1848, and was admitted to the bar of Maryland in 1850. He was appointed postmaster-general by President Grant in 1869 and served five years and four months. During his administration many important reforms were introduced.
He resigned from the cabinet June 24, 1874. On the 22 of the same month he was appointed counsel for the United States before the court commissioners of Alabama claims, and continued in that capacity until Dec. 31, 1876. At the time of his death he was actively engaged in the practice of his profession.
In 1860 and 1861 he served in the Maryland house of delegates. From August, 1862, to April, 1863, he was assistant adjutant general of the State, after which he was elected to the 38th congress. In 1864 he was a delegate to the Baltimore convention and in the following year he was chosen to be U.S. senator for the unexpired term of T. H. Hicks. By request of the house of representatives, he delivered a eulogy in 1886 on H. W. Davis. He was a delegate to the Philadelphia loyalists’ convention, the Border States convention in Baltimore, and the Chicago convention of 1868. Having been elected to the post of secretary of the U.S. senate, he declined the position.