GRISWOLD, Dwight Palmer (1893-1954)

GRISWOLD, DWIGHT PALMER, a Senator from Nebraska; born in Harrison, Nebr., November 27, 1893; graduated from Kearney (Nebr.) Military Academy in 1910; attended the Nebraska Wesleyan University 1910-1912 and graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1914; served as a sergeant in the infantry on the Mexican border in 1916; during the First World War served as a first lieutenant and later as a captain of artillery 1917-1918; banker; editor and publisher of the Gordon Journal 1922-1940; member, State house of representatives 1921; member, State senate 1925-1929; unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor in 1932, 1934, and 1936; Governor of Nebraska 1940-1946; unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for United States Senator in 1946; director, Division of Internal Affairs and Communications, Military Government of Germany 1947; chief, American Mission for Aid to Greece 1947-1948; member, Nebraska University Board of Regents 1950-1954; elected on November 4, 1952, as a Republican to the United States Senate for the term ending January 3, 1955, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Kenneth S. Wherry, and served from November 5, 1952, until his death in the naval hospital at Bethesda, Md., April 12, 1954; interment in Fairview Cemetery, Scottsbluff, Nebr.

Nebraska State Historical Society
Lincoln, NE
Papers: 1940s-1950s. 54 boxes and 6 scrapbooks. Gubernatorial and senatorial records including general correspondence, campaign material, speeches, and photographs. Additional items in several collections.

  • Paul, Justus F. "Butler, Griswold, Wherry: The Struggle For Dominance of Nebraska Republicanism, 1941-1946.'' North Dakota Quarterly 43 (Autumn 1975): 51-61.
  • ___. "Isolationism Versus Internationalism? The Republican Senatorial Primary in Nebraska, 1946.'' Nebraska History 56 (Spring 1975): 145-56.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Services Held in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States: Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Dwight Palmer Griswold, Late a Senator from Nebraska. 83d Cong., 2d sess., 1954. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1954.