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GRIGSBY, Hugh Blair, historical scholar, born in Norfolk, Virginia, 22 November, 1806; died in Charlotte County, Virginia, 28 April, 1881. He represented Norfolk in the legislature when scarcely more than a boy, and in 1829-'30 was a member of the State convention with Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and other noted men. He subsequently devoted himself to literature and agriculture, and was an authority on the history of Virginia. He was president of the Virginia historical society, and became in 1871 chancellor of William and Mary College, which had given him the degree of LL. D, in 1855. He contributed to the "Southern Literary Messenger," and wrote numerous historical discourses, including one on the Virginia convention of 1829-'30 delivered before the historical society in 1853, another on that of 1776 delivered at William and Mary in 1855, and " Discourse on Hon. Littleton W. Tazewell " (Norfolk, 1860).
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