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Dwight Palmer Griswold

Birthplace: Harrison, Sioux, NE, United States
Death: April 12, 1954 (60)
Bethesda, Montgomery, MD, United States
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Son of Dwight Hiubbard Griswold and Clarrisa Griswold

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About Dwight P. Griswold, Governor, U.S. Senator


Dwight Palmer Griswold (November 27, 1893 – April 12, 1954) was an American politician who served as the 25th Governor of Nebraska from 1940 to 1946 and U.S. Senator from 1952 to 1954. He was a Republican.


Griswold was born in Harrison, Nebraska. He attended public schools in Gordon, Nebraska, Kearney Military Academy, and Nebraska Wesleyan University. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1914.

Griswold served as an infantry sergeant on the U.S.-Mexico border 1916-1917 and became a captain in field artillery during World War I.

Griswold was the editor and publisher of the Gordon Journal, 1922-1940. He served in the Nebraska House of Representatives in 1920 and in the Nebraska Senate 1925-1929. He was an unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1932, 1934, and 1936. He was elected governor in 1940 and reelected in 1942 and 1944. Griswold challenged Senator Hugh Butler in the 1946 Republican Primary, but was badly defeated.

Griswold served in the Military Government of Germany in 1947 and was chief of the American mission for aid to Greece 1947-1948.

Griswold was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1952 for a two year term ending on January 3, 1955, but died on April 12, 1954 in the Bethesda Naval Hospital. He was buried at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Griswold is a member of the Nebraska Hall of Fame.

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Dwight P. Griswold, Governor, U.S. Senator's Timeline

November 27, 1893
Harrison, Sioux, NE, United States
April 12, 1954
Age 60
Bethesda, Montgomery, MD, United States