Richard Griggs

Richard Griggs (Issaquena County)

State House: 1870-1873
Commissioner of Agriculture & Immigration: 1873-1876

Born: c. 1840 in Bolivar, TN
Died: July 1883 in Mayersville, MS

Sergeant in the 48th Infantry of U.S. Colored Troops in Louisiana. Also served as chancery clerk of Issaquena County. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has Griggs’ Guide to Mississippi (1874). Griggs appears with his wife, daughter, sister, and niece and nephews on the 1880 census in Mayersville, where his occupation is listed as “Clerk of the County.” His sister was a teacher.

New National Era, March 6, 1873
Vicksburg Herald, August 16, 1873
Daily Mississippi Pilot, October 3, 1875
Vicksburg Herald, June 28, 1878
Vicksburg Evening Post, July 4, 1883
Vicksburg Evening Post, April 23, 1884