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James Mathews GRIGGS

(1861-1910)

GRIGGS, James Mathews, a Representative from Georgia; born in Lagrange, Troup County, Ga., March 29, 1861; attended the common schools and was graduated from the Peabody Normal College, Nashville, Tenn., in 1881; taught school and studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1883 and commenced the practice of law in Alapaha, Berrien County, Ga.; engaged in the newspaper business; moved to Dawson, Ga., in 1885; elected by the legislature solicitor general of the Pataula judicial circuit in 1888; reelected in 1892 and served until his resignation in 1893 to accept appointment by the Governor as judge of the Pataula judicial circuit; elected to the same office by the legislature; reelected and served until his resignation in 1896 to accept the Democratic nomination for Congress; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1892; chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee 1904-1908; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1897, until his death in Dawson, Ga., January 5, 1910; interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

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

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