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GRIGGS, Samuel Chapman, publisher, born in Tolland, Connecticut, 20 July, 1819. He began business as a bookseller in Hamilton, New York, but in 1848 went to Chicago, where he continued in the same calling, and in a few years was at the head of the largest bookselling business in the northwest. In the great fire of 1871 Mr. Griggs was a heavy loser, both the bookstore, with its large stock, and his dwelling-house on Michigan avenue, being destroyed. In 1872 he sold his interest in the business to his partners, and, with John C. Buckbee as junior partner, established another publishing-house. In April, 1887, Mr. Buckbee retired from the firm of S. C. Griggs & Co. The publications of the house comprise more than 70 works, literary, scientific, and academical, some of which have met with a very extended sale, and a large proportion of which reflect credit on the publishers.
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