Americus, GA – The Speaker Crisp House has quite an interesting history. Looking at this stately 1893 Victorian and a historical marker out front, I got curious to learn more about Speaker Crisp. The more I read, the more I found a love story – and it seems perfect to share on Valentine’s Day!
A lawyer, Crisp and Clara Bell Burton fell in love. Crisp asked her parents for permission to marry her. The Burtons, who were very wealthy and religious, said no.
Why did they say no? They felt he wouldn’t amount to much. He persisted. He asked again. They said no. He had a family friend approach them and ask on his behalf. They said no.
Finally, they were married in Ellaville. And as far as amounting to much? Well, first serving as a judge, then in the Georgia State Assembly. He went on to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. And finally? He ended up as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives!
They were truly a fairy tale love story. On her deathbed, Clara Bell said “My life would have been marred. As old as I am I cannot think what my life would have been without him. The moon and stars revolve around him to me. My father and mother came to love him very much. He has been the dearest, sweetest husband to me, and I have loved him better than anything else on earth.” (Ida Hinman, 1895 – The Washington Sketch Book)
Always fun to learn of a true love story – and what makes a house a home – the people who live in it. Thanks so much for reading the blog, really do appreciate it!