John W. Griggs

John William Griggs (July 10, 1849 – November 28, 1927) was an American Republican Party politician, who served as the 29th Governor of New Jersey, from 1896 to 1898, stepping down to assume the position as the United States Attorney General from 1898 to 1901.

John Griggs
43rd United States Attorney General
In office
January 25, 1898 – March 29, 1901
PresidentWilliam McKinley
Preceded byJoseph McKenna
Succeeded byPhilander C. Knox
29th Governor of New Jersey
In office
January 21, 1896 – January 31, 1898
Preceded byGeorge Werts
Succeeded byFoster McGowan Voorhees (Acting)
Personal details
John William Griggs

July 10, 1849
Newton, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedNovember 28, 1927 (aged 78)
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Carolyn Webster Brandt
Laura Price
EducationLafayette College (BA)

Early life

He was born on a farm in Newton, New Jersey on July 10, 1849. He graduated from Lafayette College in 1868, where he became a founding member of the Phi Charge of Theta Delta Chi.


Griggs served in the New Jersey General Assembly in 1876 and 1877, and the New Jersey Senate from 1883 through 1888, acting as the president of the Senate in 1886. He was selected as a delegate to the 1888 Republican National Convention from New Jersey.

Holding his inauguration at Taylor's Opera House in 1896 at a formal affair,[1] he was elected Governor of New Jersey and served from 1896 through 1898. He left the state house in 1898 to serve as United States Attorney General under President William McKinley until 1901.

He was also a trustee to his alma mater, Lafayette College from 1894 to 1900.[2]

He was one of the first members appointed to the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague, and served from 1901 to 1912.

When the Consolidated National Bank of New York was organized on July 1, 1902, the fourteen directors included individuals such as Griggs, Henry C. Brewster, George Crocker, Mortimer H. Wagar, and Perry Belmont.[3] In 1905 he was named the president of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America, and held that office until the company was reorganized as the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in 1919. At RCA he was a director and the company's general counsel until his death.[4]


Griggs died on November 28, 1927 in Paterson, New Jersey.[5] He was buried at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in that city.


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  2. ^ Skillman, David Bishop (1932). The Biography of a College: Being the History of the First Century of the Life of Lafayette College. Easton, Pennsylvania: Lafayette College. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ Wall Street Topics, New York City: The New York Times, July 2, 1902, p. 12, retrieved January 19, 2017
  4. ^ "John William Griggs" (
  5. ^ "John W. Griggs Dies. Attorney General in McKinley Administration Succumbs to Heart Disease at 78. Held Many Directorships. Born on Farm and Was a Railroad Ticket Agent in Youth. Once Member of Hague Tribunal". New York Times. November 29, 1927. Retrieved 2014-08-18.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Abraham V. Schenck
President of the New Jersey Senate
Succeeded by
Fred Fish
Preceded by
George Werts
Governor of New Jersey
Succeeded by
Foster McGowan Voorhees
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Kean
Republican nominee for Governor of New Jersey
Succeeded by
Foster McGowan Voorhees
Legal offices
Preceded by
Joseph McKenna
United States Attorney General
Succeeded by
Philander C. Knox
1895 New Jersey gubernatorial election

The 1895 New Jersey gubernatorial election was held on November 5, 1895. Republican nominee John W. Griggs defeated Democratic nominee Alexander T. McGill with 52.28% of the vote.

1896 in the United States

Events from the year 1896 in the United States.

1897 in the United States

Events from the year 1897 in the United States.

Abraham V. Schenck

Abraham Voorhees Schenck (October 12, 1821 – April 28, 1902) was an American lawyer and Republican Party politician who served as President of the New Jersey Senate and Mayor of New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Alexander T. McGill

For other persons named Alexander McGill, see Alexander McGill.Alexander Taggart McGill (October 20, 1845 – April 21, 1900)

was an American jurist and Democratic party politician from New Jersey. He served as chancellor of the New Jersey court of chancery from 1887 to 1900 and was the Democratic nominee for Governor of New Jersey in 1895.

McGill was born in Allegheny City (now part of Pittsburgh), Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Rev. Alexander Taggart McGill and Eleanor Acheson McCulloch. When he was eight, his father was elected to a chair in the Princeton Theological Seminary and the family moved to New Jersey. He attended Princeton University, graduating in 1864. After graduating from Columbia Law School in 1866, he continued his legal studies in the Trenton office of Edward W. Scudder. He was admitted to the bar as attorney in 1867 and as counselor in 1870.McGill moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, where he would remain the rest of his life. From 1870 to 1876 he practiced in partnership with New Jersey Attorney General Robert Gilchrist, Jr. He was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1874 and again in 1875. On June 10, 1875 he married Caroline Stockton Olmsted at Princeton, New Jersey.In 1878 he was appointed prosecutor of the pleas for Hudson County and was made law judge for the county in 1883. In March 1887 he was named chancellor of the New Jersey court of chancery by Governor Robert Stockton Green, and he was reappointed by Governor George Theodore Werts in 1894.In 1895 he became the Democratic nominee for Governor of New Jersey. He refused to campaign, however, attending only to his duties as chancellor. He was defeated by the Republican candidate John W. Griggs by a margin of 26,900 votes.McGill continued to serve as chancellor until his death. He died at his Jersey City home in 1900 at the age of 54.

Benjamin A. Vail

Benjamin Augustus Vail (August 15, 1844 – August 15, 1924) was an American jurist and Republican Party politician who served as President of the New Jersey Senate.

Elvin W. Crane

Elvin Williamson Crane (October 20, 1853 – January 9, 1909) was an American lawyer and Democratic party politician from New Jersey. He was the Democratic nominee for Governor of New Jersey in 1898.

Crane was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1853 to Samuel Crane and Naomi Williamson. His family settled in Newark, New Jersey when he was a child. He attended public schools in Newark and St. Paul's School. He began his study of law in the offices of Joseph P. Bradley, who would later serve on the United States Supreme Court, and Gustavus N. Abeel, later prosecutor of the pleas of Essex County. He received his license as attorney in 1875 and as counsellor in 1882.Crane married Emma J. Esch on July 9, 1879. They had two children, but both died young.In 1887 he was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly. He served as an assistant prosecutor for Essex County and then was appointed county prosecutor by Governor Robert Stockton Green. He was reappointed by Governor George Theodore Werts, serving until 1899.In 1898 Crane was the Democratic candidate for Governor of New Jersey. He faced the Republican candidate Foster MacGowan Voorhees, who was serving as acting governor after the appointment of John W. Griggs as United States Attorney General. Voorhees accused the Democrats of corruption, claiming that Crane was the tool of the party boss, United States Senator James Smith, Jr. Voorhees defeated Crane by a vote of 164,051 to 158,552.After his term as Essex County Prosecutor ended in 1899, Crane pursued a private legal practice until 1907, when he was appointed county counsel. In 1909 he died at his home in Newark at the age of 55.

Foster McGowan Voorhees

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Fred Wesley Wentworth

Fred Wesley Wentworth (August 3, 1864 – October 5, 1943) was an American architect known for his many buildings in Downtown Paterson, New Jersey as well as several residences and theaters in northeastern New Jersey. Wentworth had a major impact on shaping Paterson after a wind-driven fire decimated much of the central business district in 1902. His body of work consisted of institutional, commercial, residential, religious and healthcare buildings as well as some of the nation's first movie theaters designed exclusively for motion pictures. He was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Frederick Samuel Fish

Frederick Samuel "Fred" Fish (8 February 1852 – 13 August 1936), born in Newark, New Jersey, was an American lawyer, politician and automotive manufacturing executive. Originally a successful corporation lawyer, he entered the Studebaker corporation through marriage and became the corporation's president in 1909 and chairman of the board from 1915 to 1935. He is credited with introducing the manufacture of Studebaker cars, first electric, then gasoline-powered.

Gilbert Collins

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Griggs (surname)

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Andy Griggs (born 1973), American country music artist

Bill Griggs (born ?), Australian surgeon and inventor

Bill Griggs (football) (born 1962), American football player

Clark Robinson Griggs (1824–1915), American politician, mayor of Urbana, Illinois

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Frederick Landseer Griggs (1876–1938), English etcher and artist

Johanna Griggs (born 1973), Australian swimmer and television presenter

John W. Griggs (1849–1927), American politician, governor of New Jersey

Nigel Griggs (born 1949), British musician, brother of Paul Griggs

Paul Griggs (born 1944), British musician, brother of Nigel Griggs

Phil Griggs (1918–1980), English footballer

Robert Fiske Griggs (1881–1962), American botanist and ecologist

S. David Griggs (1939–1989), United States Navy officer and NASA astronaut

Sutton E. Griggs (1872–1933), American author, Baptist minister, and social activist

William Griggs, American doctor who diagnosed the witches of Salem.

Henry C. Brewster

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John Griggs

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John B. Griggs, American World War Two submarine officer

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List of Governors of New Jersey

The Governor of New Jersey is the head of the executive branch of New Jersey's state government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the New Jersey Legislature, to convene the legislature, and to grant pardons, except in cases of treason or impeachment.There have been 55 official governors of New Jersey, with several others acting as governor for a time. In the official numbering, governors are counted only once each, and traditionally, only elected governors were included. However, legislation signed on January 10, 2006, allowed acting governors who had served at least 180 days to be considered full governors. The law was retroactive to January 1, 2001; it therefore changed the titles of Donald DiFrancesco and Richard Codey, affecting Jim McGreevey's numbering. The current governor is Phil Murphy, who took office on January 16, 2018.

Mahlon Pitney

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Perry Belmont

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Peter F. Wanser

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Samuel Hahnemann Monument

The Samuel Hahnemann Monument, also known as Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, is a public artwork dedicated to Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy. It is located on the east side of Scott Circle, a traffic circle in the northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C. The Classical Revival monument consists of an exedra designed by architect Julius Harder and a statue sculpted by Charles Henry Niehaus, whose works include the John Paul Jones Memorial in Washington, D.C. and several statues in the National Statuary Hall Collection. The monument is significant because Hahnemann is the first foreigner not associated with the American Revolution to be honored with a sculpture in Washington, D.C.

The monument was dedicated in 1900 following years of fundraising efforts by the American Institute of Homeopathy. Among the thousands of attendees at the dedication ceremony were prominent citizens including President William McKinley, Attorney General John W. Griggs, and General John Moulder Wilson. The monument was rededicated in 2000 and a restoration process was completed in 2011. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. The monument and surrounding lot are owned and maintained by the National Park Service, a federal agency of the Interior Department.

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