GROUT, William Wallace, (1836 - 1902)


“The U.S. House of Representatives - Portraits of Congressmen” (detail), Once A Week newspaper, 1890, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

GROUT, William Wallace, a Representative from Vermont; born in Compton, Province of Quebec, May 24, 1836; pursued an academic course and graduated from the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Law School in 1857; was admitted to the bar in December of the same year and practiced in Barton, Vt.; served as lieutenant colonel of the Fifteenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteer Infantry, in the Union Army during the Civil War; prosecuting attorney of Orleans County in 1865 and 1866; served in the State house of representatives 1868-1870 and in 1874; member of the State senate in 1876 and served as president pro tempore of that body; elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1883); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; elected to the Forty-ninth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1901); chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Fifty-first Congress), Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (Fifty-fourth through Fifty-sixth Congresses); engaged in agricultural pursuits; died in Kirby, Vt., October 7, 1902; interment in Pine Grove Cemetery.