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also known as William Ward Crutchfield

politician , member of the Tennessee State Senate

William Ward Crutchfield is a Tennessee politician and a former Democratic member of the Tennessee Senate for the 10th district, which encompasses Marion County and part of Hamilton County.


Crutchfield, Ward was born on December 6, 1928 in Chattanooga.


University of Chattanooga. University of Tennessee at Knoxville (Juris Doctor).


He served as a state senator from 1963 to 1967 as well as in all General Assemblies from 1987 to 2007. He was Chairman of the Senate Labor Committee during the 83rd and 84th General Assemblies. He served as the Democratic leader during the 101st through 103rd General Assemblies, and he is a former Senate Democratic Caucus chairman.

He attended the University of Chattanooga (now the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) and received a J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville in 1951. He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army. He currently works as an attorney, having once been an acting attorney for Hamilton County and an attorney for the Hamilton County Board of Education.

On May 26, 2005, Crutchfield was arrested as part of the Operation Tennessee Waltz bribery scandal. He was accused of taking US$12,000 from a front company of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in USA vs. Ward Crutchfield and Charles Love.

On July 12, 2007, Crutchfield pled guilty to one count of bribery. He resigned from the State Senate on July 27, 2007, and was succeeded by fellow Democrat Andy Berke. On January 17, 2008, he was sentenced to six months home confinement, two years probation, and a US$3,000 fine.


  • E-mail: sen.ward.crutchfield@legislature.state.tn.us.


God, who is heard throughout the Bible, calls for justice for the widows, orphans and aliens who were oppressed by the powers of the day. Therefore the involvement in political life is something that Christians should not avoid.


As human beings people find themselves as part of an unjust, sinful and violent world, which we may feel individually helpless to change. If we accept forgiveness, God can enable us to resist evil and to live life to the full.


Attorney Hamilton County Board Education. Former acting attorney Hamilton County. Chairman Hamilton County Legislation Delaware.

Former chairman Hamilton County Democratic Party, 1970-1984. Metropolitan Government Charter Commission With United States Army. Member Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, Tennessee Bar Association, American Legion, Temple Lodge, Scottish Rite, Alhambra Shrine Temple, High Twelve, Phi Alpha Delta.


Married; two children.