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.
BibliographyGrinnell, Josiah B. Men and Events of Forty
Years. Boston: Lothrop, 1891; Payne, Charles E. Josiah Bushnell Grinnell.
Iowa City: State Historical Society of Iowa, 1938.