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Samuel Walker GRIFFITH Edit Profile

United States representative , lawyer , politician

Samuel Griffith was a Welsh-American political figure who represented Pennsylvania's 20th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from March 4, 1871 to March 3, 1873.


Griffith, Samuel was born on February 14, 1816 in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, Great Britain.


Studied at University of Sydney (Bachelor of Arts 1863. Master of Arts 1870).


Griffith's birthplace in Wales, Merthyr Tydfil, was a booming industrial town which, at the time, was a part of the historic county of Glamorgan. He was instructed in elementary subjects by a private teacher and subsequently graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Following law studies, he was admitted to the bar in 1846, at the age of thirty and, over the following decades, practiced law in the Mercer County seat, Mercer.

At the age of fifty-six, he campaigned as a Democrat to represent his congressional district and was elected to the 42nd United States Congress in November 1870. After an unsuccessful reelection campaign in 1872, he resumed law practice in Mercer. Samuel Griffith died in Mercer at the age of seventy-seven and was buried in Mercer Cemetery.


Clubs: Queensland, Brisbane; Melbourne, Melbourne; University, Sydney.

  • Clubs: Queensland, Brisbane; Melbourne, Melbourne; University, Sydney.


Edward Griffith