HON. JOHN A. GRISWOLD. The death of Mr. Griswold occured at 7 1/2 P.M., Thursday at his residence, near Troy, after an illness of several weeks. John A. Griswold was born in the town of Nassau, Rensselaer county, N. Y., in the year 1817. While in his boy- hood, 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. In 1857 Mr. Griswold became a large owner of the iron mills of Troy. Bessemer steel process was the means of still further extending the business of the Troy mills, as Mr. Griswold became the owner of the Bessemer patents for this country. During the early part of the war Mr. Griswold built the first Ericsson Monitor at his individual expense, taking the risk being repaid if the novel vessel proved a success. He was elected Mayor of Troy in 1855. He received the Democratic nomination for Congress in 1857, but was defeated by his opponent, Hon. A.B. Olin. In 1862 he was again nominated for Congress as a Democrat, and elected by a majority of 1,287. While in Congress Mr. Griswold was a war Democrat. This course led to his being made the Republican candidate for Congress in his district, in the year 1864, and he was elected by a decided vote. At the expiration of the second term the Republicans of Rensselaer Coun- ty again nominated and elected him their representative. During his Congression- al career of six years Mr. Griswold served on the Committee on Naval Affairs, and on the Committe of Ways and Means. In the year 1868 Mr. Griswold was nomi- nated by the Republican party in this State as its candidate for Governor against John T. Hoffman, and was un- doubtedly elected, but was counted out by frauds. This closed Mr. Griswold's political life, as he declined to run for any office, preferring to attend to his private business.