George Barnes Grigsby

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George Barnes Grigsby
Grigsby in 1920
Delegate to the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Alaska Territory's at-large district
In office
June 3, 1920 – March 1, 1921
Preceded by Charles August Sulzer
Succeeded by James Wickersham
Personal details
Born (1874-12-02)December 2, 1874
Sioux Falls, Dakota Territory, U.S.
Died May 9, 1962(1962-05-09) (aged 87)
Santa Rosa, California, U.S.
Resting place Golden Gate National Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Profession lawyer
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1898
Rank lieutenant
Unit Third Regiment, United States Volunteer Cavalry
Battles/wars Spanish–American War

George Barnes Grigsby (December 2, 1874 – May 9, 1962) was a delegate to the United States House of Representatives from the Territory of Alaska.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Sioux Falls, Dakota (now South Dakota). He attended the public schools, the State University at Vermillion, South Dakota, and Sioux Falls University in South Dakota. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1896, and commenced practice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


George Grigsby was a delegate to the state Democratic convention in 1896. During the Spanish–American War, he served as a lieutenant in the Third Regiment, United States Volunteer Cavalry. He moved to Nome, Alaska in 1902. He was an assistant United States attorney from 1902 to 1908 and a United States attorney from 1908 to 1910. He was the city attorney of Nome in 1911 and the mayor in 1914. In 1915, he was a member of the board of commissioners for the promotion of uniform legislation. He was elected the first attorney general in 1916, and he resigned in 1919.

He presented his credentials as a Democratic Delegate-elect to the Sixty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles A. Sulzer. He served from June 3, 1920 to March 1, 1921, when he was succeeded by James Wickersham, who had contested the election of Charles Sulzer in the first instance and contested against George Grigsby. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1920 and 1924. He engaged in the practice of law in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Anchorage, Alaska.


He died on May 9, 1962 in Santa Rosa, California. He was interred in Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles August Sulzer
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alaska Territory

June 3, 1920 – March 1, 1921
Succeeded by
James Wickersham