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GRISWOLD, Matthew [1714-1799] -- American politician, Governor of Connecticut

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GRISWOLD, Matthew, governor of Connecticut, was born in Lyme, Conn., March 25, 1714; son of John and Hannah (Lee) Griswold; grandson of Matthew and Phoebe (Hyde) Griswold, and of Thomas and Mary (DeWolf) Lee, and great-grandson of Matthew Griswold (1620-1698), who came to America from England in 1639 and settled at Windsor, Conn., removing thence to Saybrook, and finally to Lyme. Matthew was educated in the public schools. He was married Nov. 10, 1743, to Ursula, daughter of Gov. Roger Wolcott of Windsor, Conn. He represented Lyme in the state legislature in 1751; was a member of the council in 1759, of the committee of safety in 1775; judge and chief justice of the superior court; governor of Connecticut, 1784-86, and president of the state convention of 1788 that ratified the Federal constitution. The honorary degree of LL.D. was conferred upon him by Yale in 1779. He died at Lyme, Conn., April 28, 1799. BDNA  -30-
 

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