Hugh Blair Grigsby
1st Alley West, Lot 11
(1806 – 1881)
Hugh Blair Grigsby was a historical scholar, born in Norfolk, Virginia, 22 November, 1806. He represented Norfolk in the legislature when he was scarcely more than a boy, and in 1829-1830 he was a member of the State convention along with Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and other noted men. He subsequently devoted himself to literature and agriculture, and was an authority on the history of Virginia. He was president of the Virginia Historical Society, and, in 1871, became Chancellor of William and Mary College, which had given him the degree of LL. D, in 1855. He contributed to the "Southern Literary Messenger," and wrote numerous historical discourses. These included one on the Virginia convention of 1829-1830 delivered before the Historical Society in 1853, and another on that of 1776 delivered at William and Mary in 1855. In 1860, he penned "Discourse on Hon. Littleton W. Tazewell" in Norfolk. Mr. Grigsby died in Charlotte County, Virginia on 28 April 1881.*
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