John W. Griggs

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John William Griggs
43rd United States Attorney General
In office
January 25, 1898 – March 29, 1901
President William McKinley
Preceded by Joseph McKenna
Succeeded by Philander C. Knox
29th Governor of New Jersey
In office
January 21, 1896 – January 31, 1898
Preceded by George T. Werts
Succeeded by Foster MacGowan Voorhees
as Acting Governor
Personal details
Born (1849-07-10)July 10, 1849
Newton, New Jersey, U.S.
Died November 28, 1927(1927-11-28) (aged 78)
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Carolyn Webster Brandt
Laura Elizabeth Price
Alma mater Lafayette College
Profession Politician, Lawyer
Religion Protestant

John William Griggs (July 10, 1849 – November 28, 1927) was an American Republican Party politician, who served as the 29th Governor of New Jersey, from 1896 to 1898, stepping down to assume the position as the United States Attorney General from 1898 to 1901.


He was born on a farm in Newton, New Jersey on July 10, 1849. He graduated from Lafayette College in 1868, where he became a founding member of the Phi Charge of Theta Delta Chi. Griggs served in the New Jersey General Assembly in 1876 and 1877, and the New Jersey Senate from 1883 through 1888, acting as the president of the Senate in 1886. He was selected as a delegate to the 1888 Republican National Convention from New Jersey.

He was elected Governor of New Jersey and served from 1896 through 1898. He left the state house in 1898 to serve as United States Attorney General under President William McKinley until 1901.

He was one of the first members appointed to the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague, and served from 1901 to 1912.

Griggs died on November 28, 1927 in Paterson, New Jersey.[1] He was buried at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in that city.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Abraham V. Schenck
President of the New Jersey Senate
Succeeded by
Frederick S. Fish
Preceded by
George T. Werts
Governor of New Jersey
January 21, 1896 – January 31, 1898
Succeeded by
Foster MacGowan Voorhees
Acting Governor
Legal offices
Preceded by
Joseph McKenna
U.S. Attorney General
Served under: William McKinley

January 25, 1898–March 29, 1901
Succeeded by
Philander C. Knox
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Kean
Republican Nominee for Governor of New Jersey
Succeeded by
Foster MacGowan Voorhees