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Gov. Roger Griswold

Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: Lyme, New London, CT
Death: October 25, 1812 (50)
Norwich,New London,Connecticut,USA
Place of Burial: Old Lyme, CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of (Governor) Matthew Griswold IV and Ursula Griswold
Husband of Fannie Griswold
Father of Ursula Wolcott McCurdy; Matthew Griswold; William Frederick Griswold; Roger Wolcott Griswold; Eliza Woolbridge Griswold and 5 others
Brother of Marian Chandler; (Deacon) John Griswold and Matthew Griswold, V

Occupation: Congressman/ CT Govenor
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About (Governor) Roger Griswold

Roger Griswold May 21, 1762-October 25, 1812

Parents: Matthew Griswold 1714-1799 and Ursula Wolcott 1724-1788

Wife Fannie Rogers 1767-1863


  1. Matthew Griswold 1792
  2. Robert Harper Griswold 1806

From: The Governers of Connecticut By: Frederick Calvin Norton Published: 1905

The second Governor Griswold was descended from two governors of Connecticut, he being the son of Matthew Griswold, and grandson of Roger Wolcott. He inherited many of the distinguished traits of his able ancestors.



Roger Griswold was a nineteenth-century lawyer, politician and judge from Connecticut. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, judge of the Connecticut Supreme Court and the 22nd Governor of Connecticut, serving as a Federalist.

Griswold was born in Lyme, New London County, Connecticut to Matthew Griswold and Ursula (Wolcott) Griswold of the prominent Griswold Family. He pursued classical studies, entered Yale College at the age of fourteen and graduated from Yale in 1780. He received a Doctor of Law degree from Harvard University in 1811, and a Doctor of Law degree from Yale in 1812.

Griswold studied law with his father and was admitted to the bar in 1783. He began the practice of law in Norwich, Connecticut. He returned to Lyme in 1794 and was elected as a Federalist candidate to the Fourth United States Congress and to the five succeeding Congresses. Griswold served in Congress from March 4, 1795 until his resignation in 1805 prior to the convening of the Ninth Congress. During the Sixth Congress, he served as chairman of the Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business and as a member of the Committee on Ways and Means.

In 1803 Griswold, along with several other New England Federalist politicians, proposed secession from the union due to the growing influence of Jeffersonian Democrats and the Louisiana Purchase, which they felt would dilute Northern influence.[6] Griswold declined President John Adams' request for him to serve as the Secretary of War in 1801.

Griswold served as judge of the Supreme Court of Connecticut from 1807 to 1809. He was presidential elector on the Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and Rufus King ticket. He was the Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut from 1809 to 1811, and was the Governor of Connecticut from 1811 until his death in Norwich on October 25, 1812. He is interred in Griswold Cemetery at Black Hall, in the town of Lyme (now Old Lyme, Connecticut).

On January 30, 1798, it was planned to remove William Blount from office in Tennessee. Matthew Lyon, a Democratic-Republican congressman from Vermont was ignoring Griswold on purpose, because they were from opposite parties. This led to Griswold calling Lyon a scoundrel to which Lyon retaliated by spitting in Griswold's face. Two weeks later, after Lyon was not removed from office for the spitting, Griswold attacked Lyon with his cane.[11][12]

Griswold's father Matthew Griswold was the 17th Governor of Connecticut from 1784 to 1786. Griswold's maternal grandfather Roger Wolcott was the colonial governor of Connecticut from 1751 to 1754.

Griswold married Fanny Rogers on October 27, 1798 and they had ten children together.

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(Governor) Roger Griswold's Timeline

May 21, 1762
Lyme, New London, CT
Age 26
February 8, 1791
Age 28
Lyme, New London County, Connecticut, United States
September 13, 1792
Age 30
Lyme,New London,Connecticut,USA
Age 34
Age 36
March 22, 1804
Age 41
Lyme, USA
Age 43
Age 45