GRISWOLD, Roger, (grandfather of Matthew Griswold),
a Representative from Connecticut; born in Lyme, New London County,
Conn., May 21, 1762; pursued classical studies, and was graduated from Yale
College in 1780; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1783 and commenced
practice in Norwich; returned to Lyme in 1794; elected as a Federalist to the
Fourth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1795,
until his resignation in 1805 before the convening of the Ninth Congress;
chairman, Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Sixth Congress),
Committee on Ways and Means (Sixth Congress); declined the portfolio of
Secretary of War tendered by President Adams in 1801; served as a judge of the
supreme court of Connecticut in 1807; presidential elector on the Pinckney and
King ticket; Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut 1809-1811; Governor of the
State from 1811 until his death in Norwich, Conn., on October 25, 1812;
interment in Griswold Cemetery at Black Hall, in the town of Lyme (now Old
BibliographyMcBride, Rita M. Roger Griswold: Connecticut Federalist.
Ph.D. diss., Yale University, 1948.