McCracken, William

McCracken, William Weir (1889-1980)

William McCracken was born in 1889. Little is known about him. Before working for the WPA Federal Arts Project, he painted for the Public Works of Art Project. He began his work for the WPA on December 5, 1935. He completed eight murals and one easel painting that were allocated to the Bridgeport Normal School, the Council Room of Stratford Town Hall, the Children’s Room of the Bridgeport Public Library, Pleasure Beach Park, and the Newfield Branch of the Bridgeport Library. McCracken may have died in 1980 in Enfield.

 Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; WPA Allotment Card; Social Security Death Index.

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from William McCracken:

Bridgeport Centennial: oil on canvas
Landing of the Founders: oil on canvas
Children’s Books: aka Mother Goose Armchair Adventures: oil on canvas
Eight Decorations for Shooting Gallery: oil
Decoration for Children’s Playground: oil
Three Marine Panels Music Shell: oil
Skiers: oil
Gutenberg: oil on canvas
Ivanhoe: oil on canvas
McCracken, William