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GREIG, John, lawyer, born in Moffat, Dumfries-shire, Scotland, 6 August, 1779: died in Canandaigua, New York, 9 April, 1858. He was educated in the schools of Edinburgh. He came to western New York in 1800, studied law with Nathaniel W. Howell, and after his admission to the bar in 1804 formed a partnership with his preceptor that lasted till 1820. Soon after entering on the practice of his profession he became the agent of the great Hornby estate. He built for himself a spacious residence, and was noted for his refined and elegant hospitality. No stranger of distinction failed to be entertained by him, and Lafayette was one of his guests in 1824-'5. Mr. Greig bore a striking resemblance to Walter Scott, and was once mistaken for Scott on a visit to Edinburgh. He was elected a representative in congress in 1841, and did faithful service during the long extra session of that summer, but he had no taste for public life, .and resigned at the end of the session. Mr. Greig became a regent of the State umversity in 1825 and its chancellor in 1845, and held both offices till his death. He married a daughter of General Israel Chapin, who survived her husband for more than twenty years. They had no children.
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