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GROUT, Jonathan

1737–1807

Biography

GROUT, Jonathan, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Lunenburg, Worcester County, Mass., July 23, 1737; served in the expedition against Canada 1757-1760; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Petersham, Mass.; served in the Revolutionary War; member of the State house of representatives in 1781, 1784, and 1787; served in the State senate in 1788; member of the State constitutional convention in 1788; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the First Congress (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791); returned to Lunenburg, Mass. (now Vermont), in 1803; died in Dover, N.H., September 8, 1807; interment in Pine Hill Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Boston Athenaeum

Boston, MA
Papers: In the Elbridge Gerry Papers, 1790, 1 item. A letter from Elbridge Gerry to John Hancock written on June 18, 1790. The letter is also signed by other Massachusetts representatives to the first Congress, including Jonathan Grout. The letter regards the funding of state and federal debts.

Yale University
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Hapgood Family Papers, 1789-1860, 0.25 linear foot. The papers consist chiefly of the letters of Jonathan Grout about the family business which his son was managing while Jonathan Grout, Sr. was in Congress. Only a few letters allude to politics, one on the building of the Capitol in Washington, and another on the national debt.
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