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Josiah Bushnell Grinnell

Born: Dec 22, 1821

Death: Mar 31, 1891

Birthplace: New Haven

Nationality: United States

Josiah Bushnell Grinnell

Date of Birth : Dec 22, 1821
Date of Death : Mar 31, 1891
Birth Place : New Haven

Josiah Bushnell Grinnell was a U.S. Congressman from Iowa's 4th congressional district, an ordained Congregational minister, founder of Grinnell, Iowa and benefactor of Grinnell College. Grinnell was born in New Haven, Vermont in 1821. He studied the Classics and graduated from Auburn Theological Seminary in 1847. He held pastorates in Washington, D.C. and New York City before moving to Iowa. Grinnell was the young man to whom Horace Greeley is quoted as having given the famous advice, "Go West, young man." Grinnell was also involved in railway building and was instrumental in the move of Grinnell College, known at the time as Iowa College, from Davenport to the newly established town of Grinnell. In Iowa, Grinnell was elected to the Iowa Senate, where he served from 1856 to 1860. At the same time, he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1858, and set up his legal practice in Grinnell. He was a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln for President. Grinnell was also a 'conductor' on the Underground Railroad and was associated with John Brown.

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