OBITUARY. Hon. John A. Griswold. The death of Mr. Griswold occurred at 7 1/2 P.M. yesterday at his residence, near Troy, af- ter an illness of several weeks. During the early part of yesterday unmistakable evidence of improvement in his condition was visible and his case began to be considered not utterly hopeless. A less favorable turn in his disease set in soon afterward, from which he was too weak to rally, and he gradually sank under it. His wife and daughter, who arrived home from Europe at 1:40 P.M. Wednesday, were present. Mr. Griswold's family consists of a wife and six children. John A. Griswold was born in the town of Nassau, Rensselaer County, N.Y., in the year 1817. While in his boyhood, his home was with his relative, the late Major-Gen. John E. Wool, in the City of Troy. His first connection with business was found in a wholesale drug-store, but he finally embarked in the manufacture of iron from the native ore found in the neighbor- hood of Troy in such vast quantities. In 1857 Mr. Griswold became a large owner in the iron mills of Troy, and from that time the business grew to great proportions under his manage- ment and direction. The Bessemer steel process was the means of still further extending the business of the Troy mills, as Mr. Griswold be- came the owner of the Bessemer patents for this country, he being also the first among American manufacturerers to recog- nize the importance of the invention. So great was the business in the mills over which Mr. Griswold had control that his income was a very large one, and he became, during the past few years, one of the richest iron masters in the Union. During the early part of the war Mr. Gris- wold evinced his stern loyalty to the Govern- ment by building the first Ericsson monitor at his individual expense, taking the risk of being repaid if the novel vessel proved a success. Had it not been for his belief in the feasibility of Ericsson's idea, it is very probable that our Government would never have secured so im- portant and addition to its navy. Mr. Griswold's active mind naturally carried him beyond the routine of iron and steel mak- ing, and his fellow-citizens made him Mayor of Troy in 1855. Thus, entering the political field, he received the Democratic nomination for Con- gress in 1857, but was defeated by his opponent, Hon. A.B. Olin. In 1862 he was again nomi- nated for Congress as a Democrat, and elected by a majority of 1,287. While in Congress Mr. Griswold was a war Democrat, and earnestly supported the Government in its efforts to put down rebellion. This course led to his being made the Republican candidate for Con- gress in his district, in the year 1864, and he was elected to his seat by a decided vote. At the ex- piration of his second term the Republicans of Rensselaer County again nominated and elected him their representative. During his Congres- sional career of six years Mr. Griswold served on the Committee on Naval Affairs, and on the Committee of Ways and Means, being conspicu- ous at all times for his unswerving loyalty and earnest condemnation of treason. That period was a marked one in Congress, and he always held a prominant place among the leaders in the House. In the year 1868 Mr. Griswold was nominated by the Republican Party in this State as its candidate for Governor against John T. Hoffman, and was undoubtedly elected, but was counted out by frauds. This closed Mr. Gris- wold's political life, as he declined to run for any office, preferring to attend to his private business.
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