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Gideon Granger

  • Birth 19 Jul 1767 Suffield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death 31 Dec 1822 Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, USA
  • Burial Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 9061

US Postmaster General. A native of Suffield Connecticut, he graduated from Yale in 1787, began a law practice in his home state, and served in the state legislature. He was considered a brilliant political essayist. Using the pseudonyms Algernon Sidney and Epaminondas many of his writings, defending Jeffersonian principles, were published in pamphlet form. In 1798, he lost his bid for a seat in the United States Congress, but President Thomas Jefferson rewarded him for his loyalty by naming him Postmaster General. He held that post from 1801 until President James Madison removed him from the position in 1814. He moved to Canandaigua, New York where he continued his public involvement by becoming a member of the state senate where he became a key figure in the Erie Canal project. Ill health forced him out of public service in 1821.

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  • Added: 9 Apr 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9061
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gideon Granger (19 Jul 1767–31 Dec 1822), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9061, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .