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Dr. C. E. Crane
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17th and 19th Mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin
In office
April 1877 – April 1880
Preceded by Frederick S. Ellis
Succeeded by J. C. Neville
In office
April 1874 – April 1876
Preceded by Alonzo Kimball
Succeeded by Frederick S. Ellis
Personal details
Born (1827-11-27)November 27, 1827
Huron County, Ohio
Died May 8, 1898(1898-05-08) (aged 70)
Cause of death throat cancer
Political party Democratic
  • Louise (Beard) Desnoyers
  • (m. 1872)
Profession Physician
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861–1864
Rank Surgeon
Unit 5th Reg. Wis. Vol. Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War

C. E. Crane (November 27, 1827 – May 8, 1898) was an American physician and politician. He was the 17th and 19th Mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and served as a surgeon for the Union Army in the American Civil War.


Crane was born on November 27, 1827, in Huron County, Ohio. He was raised in Erie County, Ohio, before moving to Norwalk, Ohio. Crane graduated from Western Reserve College and moved to Green Bay in 1849. Soon after, he opened a medical practice.

During the American Civil War, he served as surgeon for the 5th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Union Army. The 5th Wisconsin was engaged in many of the critical battles of the eastern theater of the war, including Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg.

After the war, he was one of the organizers of the Brown County Medical Society, and served as its president from 1868 to 1880. Crane was elected Mayor of Green Bay five times, in 1874, 1875, 1877, 1878, and 1879. Additionally, he was president of the school board and a member of the board of health. In 1879, he formed a partnership with Dr. Louis Carabin in Green Bay—Crane & Carabin, physicians and surgeons. Their offices were located at 124 Washington Street.

In 1872, he married Louise Desnoyers, the daughter of Captain Thomas Beard (or Baird) and widow of former Green Bay mayor Francis X. Desnoyers. Crane died from throat cancer on May 8, 1898.

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