John W. Griggs, Governor, U.S. Attorney General

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John William Griggs

Death: 1927 (78)
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Son of Daniel Griggs and Emiline J. Johnson

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About John W. Griggs, Governor, U.S. Attorney General

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.


Born in Newton, New Jersey, 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.

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 one of the first members appointed to the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague, and served from 1901 to 1912. Griggs died on November 28, 1927 in Paterson, New Jersey, and is buried at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in that city.

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Age 78