Joseph R. Grundy

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Joseph Ridgway Grundy
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United States Senator
from Pennsylvania
In office
December 11, 1929 – December 1, 1930
Preceded by William Vare[a]
Succeeded by James Davis
Personal details
Born (1863-01-13)January 13, 1863
Camden, New Jersey
Died March 3, 1961(1961-03-03) (aged 98)
Nassau, Bahamas
Political party Republican
a.^ Vare was not permitted to qualify for the seat, though his defeat of Pepper in the primary election was recognized by the Senate. However, due to alleged election fraud, Vare was never seated.

Joseph Ridgway Grundy (January 13, 1863 – March 3, 1961) was an American textile manufacturer and Republican Party politician from Bristol, Pennsylvania. He represented Pennsylvania in the United States Senate.

Biography[edit]

He was educated at Swarthmore College. Grundy had a summer home on the Neshaminy Creek called Walnut Grove and one in the city of Bristol.

He was appointed on December 11, 1929, by Governor John Stuchell Fisher to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the refusal of the Senate to seat William S. Vare. He served from December 11, 1929, to December 1, 1930, when a duly elected successor, James J. Davis, qualified. On March 1, 1958, he became the oldest living former senator; he was the last living senator who was alive during the Civil War.

When he died in the Bahamas, he left no heirs. The Bristol home of Senator Grundy, as stated in his will, was left to be preserved as a museum and memorial library named after his only sister, Margaret Ridgway Grundy, in her and their family's honor and is open to the public for touring free of charge. The Victorian home includes a complete collection of the Grundy family's original possessions from both their Walnut Grove home and Bristol home as well as exquisite wood detailing throughout.

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United States Senate
Preceded by
William Vare1
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Pennsylvania
December 11, 1929 – December 1, 1930
Served alongside: David Reed
Succeeded by
James Davis
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Lawrence Phipps
Oldest living U.S. Senator
March 1, 1958 – March 4, 1961
Succeeded by
George Pepper
Notes and references
1. As Senator-elect. George Pepper was the last person elected and sworn-into seat.