|Oil on canvas, William A. Greaves, 1891, Collection of U.S. House
GROW, Galusha Aaron, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Ashford (now Eastford),
Windham County, Conn., August 31, 1823; moved to Glenwood, Susquehanna County,
Pa., in May 1834; attended the common schools and Franklin Academy, Susquehanna
County; graduated from Amherst College, Amherst, Mass., in 1844; studied law;
was admitted to the bar of Susquehanna County in 1847 and practiced; elected as
a Democrat to the Thirty-second, Thirty-third, and Thirty-fourth Congresses and
as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth, Thirty-sixth, and Thirty-seventh
Congresses (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1863); chairman, Committee on Territories
(Thirty-fourth and Thirty-sixth Congresses); unsuccessful Republican nominee
for Speaker in 1857; Speaker of the House of Representatives (Thirty-seventh
Congress); delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1864, 1884, and
1892; president of the Houston & Great Northern Railroad Co. of Texas
1871-1876; returned to Pennsylvania and engaged in lumber, oil, and soft-coal
pursuits; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third Congress to fill the
vacancy caused by the death of William Lilly; reelected to the Fifty-fourth and
to the three succeeding Congresses and served from February 26, 1894, to March
3, 1903; chairman, Committee on Education (Fifty-fourth through Fifty-seventh
Congresses); declined a renomination in 1902; died in Glenwood, near Scranton,
Pa., March 31, 1907; interment in Harford Cemetery, Harford, Pa.
BibliographyIlisevich, Robert D.
Galusha A. Grow: The Peoples Candidate. Pittsburgh:
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1988.