DODGE, Grenville Mellen, a Representative from Iowa; born in Danvers, Essex County, Mass.,
April 12, 1831; attended the Danvers public schools and Durham Academy, New
Hampshire; was graduated as a civil engineer from Norwich University, Vermont,
in 1851; moved to Iowa and settled in Council Bluffs; member of the city
council of Council Bluffs in 1860; entered the Union Army as colonel of the
Fourth Iowa Volunteer Infantry on July 6, 1861; promoted to brigadier general
of Volunteers March 21, 1862, and major general June 7, 1864; resigned from the
Army May 30, 1866; chief engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad 1866-1870;
elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress (March 4, 1867-March 3, 1869);
declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1868; delegate to the Republican
National Convention in 1868, 1872, and 1876; settled in New York City;
president of the commission to inquire into the management of the war with
Spain; died in Council Bluffs, Iowa, January 3, 1916; interment in Walnut Hill
BibliographyFarnham, Wallace D. Grenville Dodge and the Union Pacific: A
Study of Historical Legends.
Journal of American History 51 (March 1965): 632-50; Hirshon,
Grenville M. Dodge: Soldier, Politician, Railroad Pioneer.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1967.