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Stanley Griswold

Born: Nov 14, 1763

Death: Aug 21, 1815

Birthplace: Torrington

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Stanley Griswold

Date of Birth : Nov 14, 1763
Date of Death : Aug 21, 1815
Birth Place : Torrington

Stanley Griswold was a Democratic-Republican politician from Ohio. He served in the U.S. Senate. Born in Torrington, Connecticut, Griswold served in the militia during the Revolutionary War. After graduating from Yale College in 1786, he taught for a time in Norwich, and began studying Theology in 1787. In 1789 he was called to the First Congregational Church in New Milford, Connecticut, where he preached until 1802. In 1803 he went to Walpole, New Hampshire, as editor of the new Democratic newspaper The Political Observatory. Griswold continued with the paper until the spring of 1805 when he received the appointment of Secretary to the new Territory of Michigan from President Thomas Jefferson. He served as the first territorial secretary of Michigan Territory from 1805-1808. In 1806, while serving as acting governor in the absence of Governor William Hull, Griswold ordered the erection of Fort Croghan, also known as Fort Nonsense, to protect livestock from raids by Native Americans. Griswold Street in Detroit is named in his honor. His tenure ended largely due to disagreements with the Governor, who accused Griswold of causing dissension between the Governor and the militia.


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