Thomas Alexander Craycroft was born in Washington County, Ky., Jan. 8, 1833; reared in Meade County, and completed a course of study in the English branches at St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s colleges in this State. He afterward taught school awhile and read law, and graduated at the Louisville Law School in the spring of 1858. He located at Lebanon, Ky., where he was elected County Attorney and served two years. In February, 1860, he opened a law office in Paraclifta, Ark., and practiced till the close of the war. While there he was elected Commonwealth’s Attorney and recruiting officer for the Southern army. In 1860 he was Assistant Douglas Elector for Arkansas.
In May, 1866, he came to Owensboro, where he has resided ever since, in the practice of law. Was four years City Judge, and was member of the Legislature one term – 1877-‘8. In 1881, in partnership with Geo. V. Triplett, he established the Saturday Post, and continued on as one of the editors and proprietors until January, 1883. His editorial ability is of a high degree. His tastes, indeed, incline him more to literature and politics than to law. In politics he is a Jeffersonian Democrat, and is opposed alike to abolitionism and secessionism.
Judge Craycroft was first married in January, 1857, to Miss Lucy Hopkins, of Owensboro. In May, 1860, he married Mrs. Mary Graves, of Marion County, Ky. His children are Benjamin and Lucy – both by his second wife.
Source: History of Daviess County, Kentucky. Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co., 1883. Print.