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7 linear feet (2 volumes, 3 boxes)
Biographical / Historical
He was born in Torrington, Connecticut, on November 14, 1763. Griswold served in the state militia during the American Revolutionary War, and graduated from Yale College in 1786. He was briefly a teacher before beginning his study of theology, and in 1789 he became a minister at the First Congregational Church in New Milford, Connecticut. In 1803 Griswold moved to Walpole, New Hampshire, where he served as an editor of The Political Observatory, a Democratic newspaper.
In 1805 President Thomas Jefferson appointed him the first Secretary of the Michigan Territory, and his term lasted until 1808; during that time, Griswold was also appointed acting governor in William Hull's absence, with duties encompassing the positions of Superintendent of Indian affairs and commander-in-chief of the militia. After disagreements with the Hull over Griswold's alleged interference with the militia led to a trial and fine, he left office and moved to Ohio, where he was appointed to an empty Senate seat vacated by Edward Tiffin in 1809. Following special election later that year to fill the seat, Griswold moved to the Illinois Territory, where he was appointed a federal judge (1810-1815).
Griswold married Elizabeth Flagg (1770-1822) and their children included soldier Henry W. Griswold and James F. Griswold (1790-1811). Griswold died on August 21, 1815, in Shawneetown, Illinois.
Henry W. Griswold (1795?-1834) graduated from West Point in 1815. He served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Captain, until his death in 1834.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
By: Brooke McManus
Preservation and description of 18th century material in this collection were supported by the Colonial North American Project at Harvard University.
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