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George William Grider

George William Grider

Member of Congress

Class of 1936
  • Member of 89th Congress, 1965-1967 - Tennessee(D)



George William Grider, a Representative from Tennessee, was born in Memphis, Shelby County, Tenn. on October 1, 1912. He attended the public schools. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1936 and served in the Navy from 1936 to 1947, at which point he retired as a captain because of a physical disability. He was awarded the Navy Cross. He then graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1950. He was admitted to the bar in 1950 and commenced the practice of law in Memphis. He was a member of the city planning commission in 1956 and 1957 and a member of Shelby County Quarterly Court from 1959-1964. He was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth Congress (January 3, 1965-January 3, 1967), but was unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1966 to the Ninetieth Congress. He was vice president and general counsel of the Carborundum Company of Niagara Falls, N.Y. from 1967-1975. He then resumed the practice of law in Memphis and was a resident of Memphis until his death there on March 20, 1991.

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