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GRISWOLD, Matthew, governor of Connecticut, born in Lyme, Connecticut, 25 March, 1714; died there, 28 April, 1799. He was a representative in the legislature in 1751, a member" of the council in 1759, and in 1775 was one of the committee of safety, and an ardent patriot. He was also a judge, and afterward chief justice of the superior court, lieutenant-governor of the state, and governor in 1784-'6. In 1788 he was president of the State convention that ratified the constitution of the United States. Yale gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1779.--His son, Roger, governor of Connecticut, born in Lyme, Connecticut, 21 May, 1762; died in Norwich, Connecticut, 25 October, 1812, was graduated at Yale in 1780, studied law, and began to practise in Norwich in 1783, becoming eminent in his profession. He returned to Lyme in 1794, was elected to congress as a Federalist, and served five successive terms, from 1795 till 1805. About 1798 Mr. Griswold had a personal difficulty, on the floor of the house, with Matthew Lyon, of Vermont, for which an unsuccessful effort was made to expel the latter. He declined the office of secretary of war offered him by President Adams just before the end of his term in 1801, and in 1807 was made a judge of the Connecticut supreme court. He was a presidential elector on the Pinckney and King ticket in 1809, lieutenant-governor of Connecticut in 1809-'11, and in the latter year was chosen governor, dying in office. He received the degree of LL.D. from Harvard in 1811, and from Yale in 1812. Governor Griswold was an earnest Federalist, and was regarded as one of the foremost men in the nation in talents, political knowledge, eloquence, and legal ability. While he was governor, he refused to furnish four companies of troops for garrison purposes at the president's requisition, as they were not wanted to "repel invasion."
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