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George Barnes Grigsby

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

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 byCharles August Sulzer
Succeeded byJames Wickersham
Personal details
Born(1874-12-02)December 2, 1874
Sioux Falls, Dakota Territory, U.S.
DiedMay 9, 1962(1962-05-09) (aged 87)
Santa Rosa, California, U.S.
Resting placeGolden Gate National Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1898
UnitThird Regiment, United States Volunteer Cavalry
Battles/warsSpanish–American War

Early life and educationEdit

He was born in Sioux Falls, Dakota (now South Dakota), and was a son of Fannie (Kingsbury) Grigsby and Melvin Grigsby, a prominent South Dakota political and military leader. His siblings included Sioux K. Grigsby, who served as South Dakota's lieutenant governor. Grigsby 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.



  • United States Congress. "George Barnes Grigsby (id: G000474)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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