GROW, Galusha Aaron

GROW, Galusha Aaron
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1823–1907

Biography

GROW, Galusha Aaron, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Ashford (now Eastford), Windham County, Conn., August 31, 1823; moved to Glenwood, Susquehanna County, Pa., in May 1834; attended the common schools and Franklin Academy, Susquehanna County; graduated from Amherst College, Amherst, Mass., in 1844; studied law; was admitted to the bar of Susquehanna County in 1847 and practiced; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second, Thirty-third, and Thirty-fourth Congresses and as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth, Thirty-sixth, and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1863); chairman, Committee on Territories (Thirty-fourth and Thirty-sixth Congresses); unsuccessful Republican nominee for Speaker in 1857; Speaker of the House of Representatives (Thirty-seventh Congress); delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1864, 1884, and 1892; president of the Houston & Great Northern Railroad Co. of Texas 1871-1876; returned to Pennsylvania and engaged in lumber, oil, and soft-coal pursuits; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William Lilly; reelected to the Fifty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from February 26, 1894, to March 3, 1903; chairman, Committee on Education (Fifty-fourth through Fifty-seventh Congresses); declined a renomination in 1902; died in Glenwood, near Scranton, Pa., March 31, 1907; interment in Harford Cemetery, Harford, Pa.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the James Gillespie Blaine Family Papers, ca. 1777-1945, 20 linear feet. Correspondents include Galusha A. Grow. A finding aid for the papers is available in the repository and online.

The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts

New York, NY
Papers: n.d., 1 item. An undated document signed by Galusha Aaron Grow.

Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association

Montrose, PA
Papers: 1856-1949. ca. 50 items. Includes speeches and letters, mostly political; biographical sketches and reminiscences; photographs; portraits; and memorabilia. Finding aid in repository. Contents of his home, including personal papers and an unfinished autobiography, destroyed by fire some time after 1907.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Dubois, James T., and Gertrude S. Mathews. Galusha A. Grow, Father of the Homestead Law. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1917.

Grow, Galusha Aaron. Admission of Kansas. [Washington: N.p., 1856].

------. Annexation of the Hawaiian Islands. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.

------. Free homes for free men. [Washington: Republican executive congressional committee, 1860].

------. Independence of Cuba. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.

------. Justice to the pioneer settler. Speech of Hon. Galusha A. Grow, of Pennsylvania, in the House of Representatives, May 3, 1900. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1900.

------. Kansas--the Lecompton constitution. Speech of Hon. G. A. Grow, of Pennsylvania. Delivered in the House of Representatives, March 25, 1858. [Washington: Buell & Blanchard, printers, 1858].

------. President's message. Free coinage of silver. Protective tariff best for revenue. Speeches of Hon. Galusha A. Grow, of Pennsylvania, in the House ... December 12, 1895, February 13, and March 17, 1896. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1896.

------. Remarks ... in the House ... January 31, 1898, on concurrent resolutions for payment of bonds in silver. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.

------. Responsibility for organizing the House, and for the defeat of the Post-office appropriation bill. [N.p., 1859].

------. Speeches in the House. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1898.

------. Speeches of Hon. Galusha A. Grow, of Pennsylvania, in the House of representatives March 10, June 14, 1898, and February 13, 1896. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.

------. Speeches of Hon. Galusha A. Grow, of Pennsylvania, made in the House of representatives, Fifty-fifth Congress. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.

Ilisevich, Robert D. Galusha A. Grow: The People's Candidate. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1988.

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