John W. Grabiel
|John Willington Grabiel|
March 17, 1867|
Rushsylvania, Logan County
|Died||April 13, 1928
Washington County, Arkansas
|Alma mater||Ohio State University|
|Occupation||Republican gubernatorial nominee, 1922 and 1924|
(1) Laura Hartman Grabiel (married 1892-1908, her death)
All from first marriage:
Grabiel was one of nine children born to John Grabiel (1815-1900), a farmer, and the former Sarah Downs Tharp (1834-1913) in the village of Rushsylvania, or Rushcreek Township, in Logan County in west central Ohio. His paternal grandfather, Jacob Grabiel, migrated to Ohio in 1812 from Pennsylvania. Earlier, Grabiel ancestors settled in 1635 in Virginia. The ancestor of the Virginia Grabiels had lived in Germany and was a Calvinist refugee from Switzerland. The Grabiels were active Presbyterians. The Tharps were a Virginia family too and were related to the Zanes, among the early pioneers of Ohio.
Educated in the common schools and Rushsylvania High School, Grabiel completed the liberal arts curriculum at the private Ohio Northern University in Ada in Hardin County, took a special course at the newly opened Findlay College in Findlay, Ohio, and completed a law course at Ohio State University in the capital city of Columbus. He was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1900 and practiced in Bowling Green, Ohio, until 1912, when he relocated to Fayetteville, Arkansas.
In 1892, Grabiel married the former Laura M. Hartman (1870-1908) of Findlay, Ohio. The couple had four children, Florence R. Ellis (1895-1965), Ruth R. Grabiel (1897-1984), John Kent Grabiel (1900-1970), and Richard H. Grabiel (born 1904). In 1912, four years after Laura's death, Grabiel wed the former Edith Houck (1881-1940) of Rochester, New York.
Civic and political affairs
Active in civic affairs while practicing law in Fayetteville, Grabiel was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Knights of Pythias . He was the first president of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. In 1917, he spoke before civic groups on behalf of the U.S. entry into what became World War I.
In 1922 and 1924, Grabiel, a lifelong Republican, carried his party's gubernatorial banner. In the former year, he polled 28,055 votes (21.9 percent), having lost to the Democratic incumbent, Thomas Chipman McRae, who received 99,987 votes (78.1 percent).
In the general election, held in October 1924, a month prior to the Coolidge/Davis presidential contest, Grabiel was again defeated, this time by the Democratic nominee, Tom J. Terral. The tabulation was 99,598 votes (79.8 percent) for Terral to 25,152 (20.2 percent) for Grabiel.
Grabiel died in Fayetteville in 1928 at the age of sixty-one. His party did not win the governorship again for another thirty-eight years, with the victory of Winthrop Rockefeller, a native New Yorker, over the Conservative Democrat James D. Johnson.
- "John Willington Grabiel (1867-1928)". freepages.genealogoy.roots.ancestry.com. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
- "John W. Grabiel". ebooksread.com. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
- Arkansas Secretary of State, 1922 election returns
- The Encyclopedia of Arkansas: Tom J. Terral
- Arkansas Secretary of State, October 1924 election returns
|Party political offices|
|Arkansas Republican Party gubernatorial nominee
John Willington Grabiel