GRINNELL, Josiah Bushnell



GRINNELL, Josiah Bushnell, a Representative from Iowa; born in New Haven, Addison County, Vt., December 22, 1821; attended the common schools and Oneida Institute; pursued classical studies; was graduated from Auburn Theological Seminary in 1847; ordained a Presbyterian clergyman; held pastorates in Union Village, N.Y., Washington, D.C., and in the Congregational Church of New York City; moved to Iowa in 1854 and founded the town of Grinnell, Poweshiek County, and also Grinnell University; member of the State senate 1856-1860; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1858 and practiced; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1860; special agent for the Post Office Department for two years; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1867); was not a candidate for renomination in 1866; resumed the practice of law; interested in building of railroads; director of the Rock Island Railroad; receiver of the Iowa Central Railroad (later the St. Louis & St. Paul Railroad); president of the State Horticultural Society and of the First National Bank in Grinnell; died in Grinnell, Iowa, March 31, 1891; interment in Hazelwood Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department

Iowa City, IA
Papers: 1866, 1 item. A letter from Josiah Bushnell Grinnell to Warren [McKerr?] written on August 28, 1866. In the letter, Josiah Grinnell mentions an unsettling incident in Congress and promises to sent a picture after he returns to Washington.

Yale University
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Farnam Family Papers, 1850-1937, 150 linear feet. Subjects covered in the papers include Josiah Bushnell Grinnell. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Grinnell, Josiah Bushnell. The cattle industries of the United States. [New York?: N.p., 1882].

------. Freedmen's Bureau, position of Kentucky: Speech of Hon. J.B. Grinnell of Iowa, on the condition and wants of the South with personal explanations, in the House of Representatives, February 5, 1866. [Washington: Congressional Globe Office, 1866].

------. The home of the Badgers. Milwaukee: Wilshire & Co., 1845.

------. Men and Events of Forty Years. Boston: Lothrop, 1891.

------. New Haven, a Rural Historical Town of Vermont. Burlington Vt.: Free Press Association, 1887.

------. A protective policy for the wool grower and agricultural interests of the Northwest. [Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1866].

------. Sketches of the West. Milwaukee: I. A. Hopkins; New York: Burgess, Stringer & Co.; [etc., etc.], 1847.

Payne, Charles E. Josiah Bushnell Grinnell. Iowa City: State Historical Society of Iowa, 1938.

Rousseau, Lovell Harrison. Address of Hon. Lovell H. Rousseau to his constituents. [N.p., 1866?]

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