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Honorable Joseph Grinnell PDF Print E-mail
Written by Elisha I. Leonard   
Thursday, 28 April 2011 14:34

Excerpts below were taken from The Leonard Papers by Elisha I. Leonard which are in the New Bedford Library, MA. This article was written while Joseph was still living.

Our venerable citizen, profoundly respected in the community, brings to the discharge of his daily duties that clearness of mind and great practical judgement for which he has been so noted. He was born in New Bedford on the 17th of November 1788. The constitution of the United States had just been accepted, Washington had not yet been inaugurated President - Franklin was still living. George III was King of England, Louis XVI was King of France.

His father was Capt. Cornelius Grinnell, who had, in the Revolution, served his country on land and on the sea. After several years, spent as Commander in the Merchant Service, he established himself in business in New Bedford, where he died in 1850 in the 93rd year of his age, honored and respected. His mother was Silvia (sic) Howland to whose lovely character and steady discharge of duty her children were largely indebted for the success and honors at which they arrived. She deceased August 1, 1837, in the 72d year of her age.

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Carroll Calkins Grinnell, Sr., American Hero PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Thursday, 28 April 2011 14:16

Carroll Calkins Grinnell was the son of Stowell and Ellen (Calkins) Grinnell, born the 13 June 1898 in Troy, Pennsylvania. He married on the 9th of October 1920, Ruth Hutchings Belding, daughter of Sherman and Frances Belding. Carroll attended Union College, graduating as an Electrical Engineer in 1919. He then joined the International General Electric Co. and in 1922 was assigned to Yokohama, Japan and later Tokyo. In January 1933 only 13 1/2 years out of college, he was made Vice President and General Manager of the General Electric Company of the Philippines. In July 1940 was named Far Eastern Commercial Manager of the International General Electric Company with headquarters in Tokyo. The previous month he had moved up to be President of the General Electric Company of the Philippines and he held both positions. In late 1940, as war became imminent, he returned from a vacation to the United States without his family.

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Joseph Grinnell, the Most Influential Environmentalist You Never Heard Of PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Strainic, Case Western Reserve University   
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 00:17

August 31, 2005 the Joseph Grinnell Medal was awarded in LeConte Hall on the campus of the University of California Berkeley. So the questions arise: who is Joseph Grinnell, what were his contributions and what are his Grinnell roots?

Joseph Grinnell was born on February 27, 1877 at the Kiowa, Comanche and Wichita Indian Agency on the Washita River in Indian Territory. His father, Fordyce Grinnell M.D., the agency physician, was the second son of Jeremiah Austin Grinnell, Quaker minister of note among the Friends of Vermont and Iowa and later California. As were his distant cousins George Bird Grinnell and Joseph Grinnell of New Bedford, Fordyce was descended from Matthew Greenell.

Sarah Elizabeth Pratt, Joseph’s mother, also a birthright Quaker was the daughter of a minister, Joseph Howland Pratt of Maine and New Hampshire. Both of Joseph Grinnell’s parents were descended from “early-come-overs”. Frances Cooke, John Alden and Richard Warren of the Mayflower were among their early ancestors.

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A Profile of Moses Hicks Grinnell PDF Print E-mail
Written by L. Elsa Loeber and Walter Barrett   
Monday, 18 April 2011 21:45

This piece was extracted from South Street, a Maritime History of New York, by Richard C. McKay (1934, 2nd revision 1969), 7 C’s Press, Riverside, CT, currently out of print, and in turn may have been extracted from The Old Merchants of New York, by Walter Barrett, Clerk, and a Brief sketch of the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York, by L. Elsa Loeber. It is written in a rather archaic style, more closely linked with the 19th century. I have made no attempt to modernize the text--to do so would have eliminated the charm of the original text.

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