Dwight Griswold

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Dwight Palmer Griswold
United States Senator
from Nebraska
In office
November 5, 1952 – April 12, 1954
Preceded by Fred A. Seaton
Succeeded by Eva Bowring
25th Governor of Nebraska
In office
January 9, 1941 – January 9, 1947
Lieutenant William E. Johnson
Roy W. Johnson
Preceded by Robert Leroy Cochran
Succeeded by Val Peterson
Personal details
Born (1893-11-27)November 27, 1893
Harrison, Nebraska
Died April 12, 1954(1954-04-12) (aged 60)
Bethesda, Maryland
Political party Republican

Dwight Palmer Griswold (November 27, 1893 – April 12, 1954) was an American politician who served as the 25th Governor of Nebraska from 1940 to 1946 and U.S. Senator from 1952 until his death in office in 1954. He was a Republican.

Early life[edit]

Griswold was born in Harrison, Nebraska, and attended public schools in Gordon, Nebraska. He attended the Kearney Military Academy and Nebraska Wesleyan University. Griswold received a B.A. degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1914.[1]

Griswold served as an infantry sergeant on the U.S.–Mexico border from 1916 to 1917, and became a captain in field artillery during World War I.


Griswold was the editor and publisher of the Gordon Journal in Gordon, Nebraska, from 1922 to 1940.[2] He served in the Nebraska House of Representatives in 1920 and in the Nebraska Senate from 1925 to 1929.[3] He was an unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1932, 1934, and 1936. He was elected governor in 1940 and reelected in 1942 and 1944. Griswold challenged Senator Hugh A. Butler in the 1946 Republican Primary, but was badly defeated.[4]

Griswold served in the Military Government of Germany in 1947 and was chief of the American mission for aid to Greece from 1947 to 1948. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1952 for a two year term ending on January 3, 1955, but died on April 12, 1954, in the Bethesda Naval Hospital. He is interred at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.[2]

Griswold is a member of the Nebraska Hall of Fame.[5]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

  1. ^ "Griswold, Dwight Palmer, (1893 - 1954)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Griswold, Dwight Palmer". NebraskaHistory.org. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dwight Palmer Griswold". govtrack.us. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Stassen Friends Discount Nebraska Primary Rebuff". St. Petersburg Times. Associated Press. June 13, 1946. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Nebraska Hall of Fame". NebraskaHistory.org. p. 79 (8). Retrieved October 6, 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

Nebraska Blue Book, 1954. (Lincoln, NE: Nebraska Legislative Council, 1954) This biographical sketch is based largely on the entry in the Nebraska Blue Book, 1954.

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