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Nathaniel M. Griggs

Member From: 1883 - 1884

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  • Birth Date: 1857 Birth Place:Farmville, Virginia
  • Death Date: July 5, 1919
  • Gender: Male Race: African American
  • Spouse: Fannie Evans (m. July 24, 1879)
  • Children: Four sons, three daughters
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  • Additional Info Links: Bio from Virginia's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
  • Additional Info: ​Nathaniel M. Grigg was born a slave in 1857 in Farmville to Matthew and Nicy Washington. He attended night school and was a tobacco factory worker but was soon discharged for making political speeches. He entered politics and was appointed deputy collector of internal revenue. He represented Prince Edward County in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1883 to 1884 and Amelia, Cumberland, and Prince Edward Counties in the Senate of Virginia from 1887 through 1890. Later, he was employed by the Bureau of Printing and Engraving in Washington, D.C. After the failure of the Republican Party to win reelection in the presidential election of 1892, Mr. Grigg went to work as a jeweler for the Wanamaker Company in Philadelphia. He died in 1919.​
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Senate of Virginia - 1887 - 1890
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1883-1884 Prince Edward Republican Banks, Currency and Commerce
Labor and the Poor

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