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  • ID: I21441
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 24 MAY 1836 in Compton, Compton County, Quebec, Canada
  • Death: 7 OCT 1902 in Kirby, Caledonia County, Vermont
  • Change Date: 7 FEB 2009
  • Note:
    William W. GROUT was born of American parents in Compton, P.Q. on 24 May1836. His ancestry i s traced back to New England as early as 1640. Hisgrandfather, Theophilus came to VT in 179 2 and settled in Kirby. Hisfather, Josiah was born in Kirby. He was the second of ten childr en bornto Josiah and Sophrenia Ayer Grout. He entered law school atPoughkeepsie, N.Y. and gra duated in 1857. He entered the law office ofHon. Thomas Bartlett of Lyndon, admitted to the b ar in Caledonia Countyin December of the same year. He was nominated States Attorney by theRe publicans in 1862 but declined, and entered the army. Capt.Grout wasmade lieutenant-colonel o f the 15th VT Regiment. Mustered out in Augustof 1863 and became brigadier-general of the sta te militia. In 1880elected to the 47th Congress of the U. S. He married Lorraine Smith in186 0 and they had two children who died in infancy and his wife died in1868.

    [Source: Gazetteer of Caledonia and Essex Counties, VT; 1764-1887, byHamilton Child, May, 188 7, page 224D.]
    Title: Memoir of Gen'l. William Wallace Grout and autobiography ofJosiah Grout
    Authors: Grout, Josiah,
    City of Publication: Newport, Vt.
    Publisher: Bullock Press
    Date: 1919
    Page Count: 417
    Notes: Foreword signed: Josiah Grout.
    Errata slip mounted on t.p. verso.
    Includes index.
    Reel/Fiche Number: Genealogy and local history ; G3986
    Subject Headings: Grout, William Wallace, 1836-1902.
    Grout, Josiah, 1841-1925.
    Grout family.
    Primary Family Name: Grout family.
    Section Title
    Front matter
    Title page
    Century Poem
    The Grout Centennial. 1799-1899
    Grout Genealogy
    Ayer Genealogy
    Our homes. At Canaan, Compton and Kirby
    William Wallace Grout
    Autobiography of Josiah Grout
    Table of Contents
    GROUT, William Wallace, (1836 - 1902)

    GROUT, William Wallace, a Representative from Vermont; born in Compton,Province of Quebec, Ma y 24, 1836; pursued an academic course andgraduated from the Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Law School i n 1857; was admittedto the bar in December of the same year and practiced in Barton, Vt.;serv ed as lieutenant colonel of the Fifteenth Regiment, Vermont VolunteerInfantry, in the Union A rmy during the Civil War; prosecuting attorney ofOrleans County in 1865 and 1866; served in t he State house ofrepresentatives 1868-1870 and in 1874; member of the State senate in 1876an d served as president pro tempore of that body; elected as a Republicanto the Forty-seventh C ongress (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1883); unsuccessfulcandidate for reelection in 1882 to the Fo rty-eighth Congress; elected tothe Forty-ninth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (Marc h 4,1885-March 3, 1901); chairman, Committee on District of Columbia(Fifty-first Congress), C ommittee on Expenditures in the Department ofWar (Fifty-fourth through Fifty-sixth Congresses ); engaged inagricultural pursuits; died in Kirby, Vt., October 7, 1902; interment inPine Gro ve Cemetery.

    GROUT, W. W., son of Josiah and Sophronia, became one of the mostprominent men in Vermont. Wh en a boy he attended the district school andafterward the Poughkeepsie Law school, graduatin g therefrom in 1857, thenwent into the law office of Hon. Thomas Bartlett, at Lyndon; was adm ittedto the Caledonia county bar soon after. The next year he established anoffice at Barton . In 1862 he enlisted in the Fifteenth Vermont regimentand was chosen lieutenant colonel; ser ved during the term of the regimentand was mustered out August, 1863. In 1864 the state milit ia wasorganized and Colonel Grout was made General Grout.

    In 1865 he was elected state's attorney for Orleans county, and reelectedin 1866. He represen ted Barton in the legislature in 1868, 1869, 1870,and 1874. In 1876 he was elected senator fr om Orleans county and waschosen president pro tempore of the senate.

    In 1880 General Grout was elected to the Forty-seventh congress from thethird district. He wa s elected, from the second district, to theFiftieth, Fifty-first, Fifty-second, Fifty-third , Fifty-fourth,Fifty-fifth, and Fifty-sixth congresses, always with large majorities,and duri ng his service in congress he was one of the most active anduseful members of that body. He w as always in touch and sympathy with thepeople, and when their interests were at stake Genera l Grout always cameto their aid, and came with a purpose and zeal that rarely failed. He wast he originator and main champion of the oleomargarine bill, wasespecially helpful in pension c laims, as many an old soldier, widow, ororphan well know. In 1900 he retired from active publ ic life and spentthe most of his time upon the old farm.

    General Grout married in 1860 Loraine M. Smith of Glover. Two childrenwere born to them, bot h of whom died soon after, and their mother died in1868. The general was never married again . In 1902 he was stricken withsickness which resulted fatally. He died October 7th, 1902, age d sixty-six years.

    Source: Successful Vermonters, William H. Jeffrey, E. Burke, Vermont,The Historical Publishi ng Company, 1904, page 125-127.
    Prepared by Tom Dunn, April 2006

    Father: JOSIAH GROUT b: 20 OCT 1805
    Mother: SOPHRONIA AYER b: 25 SEP 1809 in St. Johnsbury, Caledonia County, Vermont
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