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William Walton GRIEST

(1858-1929)

GRIEST, William Walton, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Christiana, Lancaster County, Pa., September 22, 1858; attended the common schools and was graduated from the Millersville State Normal School in 1876; engaged in teaching; member of the city school board of Lancaster, Pa., for twenty-four years; director and an incorporator of the Pennsylvania Public School Memorial Association; engaged in newspaper work; editor of the Inquirer, Lancaster, Pa., 1882-1888; chief clerk in the county commissioner’s office 1887-1899; member of the Pennsylvania Tax Commission; delegate to several Republican State conventions and to every Republican National Convention 1896-1928; secretary of state of Pennsylvania 1899-1903; member of the State sinking fund commission and of the board of pardons; president of lighting and street railway companies 1903-1927; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-first and to the ten succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1909, until his death at Mount Clemens, Mich., December 5, 1929; chairman, Committee on Post Office and Post Roads (Sixty-eighth through Seventieth Congresses); interment in Woodward Hill Cemetery, Lancaster, Pa.

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

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