George Barnes GRIGSBY, Congress, AK (1874-1962)


GRIGSBY, George Barnes, a Delegate from the Territory of Alaska; born in Sioux Falls, Dak. (now South Dakota), December 2, 1874; attended the public schools, State University, Vermillion, S.Dak., and Sioux Falls (S.Dak.) University; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1896 and commenced practice in Sioux Falls, S.Dak.; delegate to the State Democratic convention in 1896; during the Spanish-American War served as a lieutenant in the Third Regiment, United States Volunteer Cavalry; moved to Nome, Alaska, in 1902; assistant United States attorney 1902-1908; United States attorney 1908-1910; city attorney of Nome in 1911; mayor in 1914; member of the board of commissioners for the promotion of uniform legislation in 1915; elected the first attorney general in 1916 and resigned in 1919; presented credentials as a Democratic Delegate-elect to the Sixty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles A. Sulzer and served from June 3, 1920, until March 1, 1921, when he was succeeded by James Wickersham, who contested the election of Mr. Sulzer in the first instance and continued the contest against Mr. Grigsby; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1920 and 1924; engaged in the practice of law in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Anchorage, Alaska; died in Santa Rosa, Calif., May 9, 1962; interment in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, Calif.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present