Historical records matching Colonel Chauncy Wright Griggs (USA)
About Chauncey Wright Griggs
He rose to the rank of Colonel during the Civil War. He was offered the rank of General but had to resign because of illness.
On July 13, 1862, his group surrendered at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. All of the officers who advocated the surrender were dismissed, leaving only then Lt-Col Griggs and two Captains who were against the surrender. He was then promoted to full Colonel.
In 1883, he built the 24-room Griggs Mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota. It is listed on the national register and has become known as one of the most haunted houses in that state! (see photo)
He was a member of the state House Of Representatives in Minnesota two terms and state senator three terms.
After being in the wholesale grocery, banking and railroad business, he moved to Tacoma, WA where he was president of the St. Paul And Tacoma Lumber Company and established two large mills in Tacoma with a cuttng capacity of two hundred million feet per year and employing five to seven thousand men. By the age of 56, he was a millionaire. He made Tacoma his permanent home.