George W. Grandey

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George W. Grandey (February 3, 1813 – December 4, 1893) was a Vermont politician and lawyer who served as Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives.


George Washington Grandey was born in Panton, Vermont on February 3, 1813.[1] He studied law, became an attorney in 1840 and established a practice in Vergennes, Vermont.

Grandey served in several local offices, including county school superintendent, city school superintendent, state's attorney, postmaster, justice of the peace, and mayor of Vergennes. First a Whig, and later an active Republican, Grandey served as chairman of the state party on several occasions from the 1860s to the 1890s and was a delegate to several state and national conventions.[2][3][4][5][6]

From 1850 to 1857 Grandey was Quartermaster General of the Vermont Militia with the rank of Brigadier General.[7][8][9]

For thirteen years from the 1850s to the 1870s Grandey served in the Vermont House of Representatives, including election as Speaker from 1854 to 1857 and 1868 to 1870.[10]

Grandey also served several terms in the Vermont Senate.[11][12]

In 1867 Grandey was appointed U.S. Consul in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.[13][14]

Grandey declined appointment to a consulship in Canada in 1881.[15]

Grandey died in Vergennes on December 4, 1893.[16][17] He was buried at Prospect cemetery in Vergennes.[18]


  1. ^ Catalogue of the Principal Officers of Vermont, by Leonard Deming, 1851, page 115
  2. ^ The Letters of William Lloyd Garrison: Let The Oppressed Go Free, 1861-1867, by William Lloyd Garrison, 1979, page 299
  3. ^ The Star That Set: The Vermont Republican Party, 1854-1974, by Samuel B. Hand, 2003, page 56
  4. ^ Vermont Public Documents, page 27
  5. ^ Newspaper article, The Republican Campaign: Vermont Republican Convention, New York Times, June 28, 1876
  6. ^ Newspaper article, Vermont Whig State Convention, Semi Weekly Courier and New-York Enquirer, October 22, 1851
  7. ^ Hinsdale Genealogy: Descendants of Robert Hinsdale of Dedham, Medfield, Hadley and Deerfield, by Herbert Cornelius Andrews and Sanford Charles Hinsdale, and Alfred L. Holman, 1906, pages 267 to 268
  8. ^ Vermont Year Book, Formerly Walton's Register, published by E. P. Walton, Montpelier, 1853, page 79
  9. ^ The Massachusetts Register and Business Directory, edited by Nahum Capen, 1856, page 241
  10. ^ List of Speakers of the Vermont House of Representatives, 1778 to 2005, published by Vermont Secretary of State, Archives and Records Administration, 2012
  11. ^ Vermont Year Book, Formerly Walton's Register, published by Claremont Manufacturing Company, 1871, page 110
  12. ^ American Legislative Leaders, 1850-1910, by Charles F. Ritter, Jon L. Wakelyn, 1989
  13. ^ Newspaper column, Washington, New York Tribune, March 25, 1867
  14. ^ Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States, Volume 15 Part 2, published by U.S. Government Printing Office, 1887, page 490
  15. ^ Newspaper article, General Notes, New York Times, April 16, 1881
  16. ^ Death notice, George W. Grandey, New York Times, December 6, 1893
  17. ^ Minutes of the Vermont Baptist Anniversaries for the Year 1893, by Vermont Baptist State Convention, 1893, page 101
  18. ^ George W. Grandey at Find a Grave
Political offices
Preceded by
Horatio Needham
Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives
Succeeded by
George F. Edmunds
Preceded by
John W. Stewart
Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Charles Herbert Joyce