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GRENNELL, George, jurist, born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, 25 December 1786; died there, 20 November, 1877. He was graduated at Dartmouth with the highest honors in 1808, studied law, and was admitted to the bar, beginning his practice in Greenfield. He was prosecuting attorney of Franklin County from 1820 till 1828, and state senator from 1824 till 1827. In 1828 he was elected to congress as a Whig, where he served until 1839. He was a trustee of Amherst from 1838 till 1859. In 1849 he was made probate judge, which office he held until 1853. Subsequently he was clerk of the Franklin County courts until 1865. He was one of the original corporators of the Troy and Greenfield railroad, and was its first president. During his term in Congress he proposed the recognition of the independence of Hayti. The degree of LL. D. was conferred upon him by Amherst in 1854.
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