|43rd United States Attorney General|
January 25, 1898 – March 29, 1901
|Preceded by||Joseph McKenna|
|Succeeded by||Philander C. Knox|
|29th Governor of New Jersey|
January 21, 1896 – January 31, 1898
|Preceded by||George Werts|
|Succeeded by||Foster McGowan Voorhees (Acting)|
John William Griggs
July 10, 1849
Newton, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||November 28, 1927 (aged 78)|
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Carolyn Webster Brandt|
|Education||Lafayette College (BA)|
John William Griggs (July 10, 1849 – November 28, 1927) was an American Republican Party politician, who served as the 29th Governor of New Jersey, from 1896 to 1898, stepping down to assume the position as the United States Attorney General from 1898 to 1901.
Griggs served in the New Jersey General Assembly in 1876 and 1877, and the New Jersey Senate from 1883 through 1888, acting as the president of the Senate in 1886. He was selected as a delegate to the 1888 Republican National Convention from New Jersey.
Holding his inauguration at Taylor's Opera House in 1896 at a formal affair, he was elected Governor of New Jersey and served from 1896 through 1898. He left the state house in 1898 to serve as United States Attorney General under President William McKinley until 1901.
When the Consolidated National Bank of New York was organized on July 1, 1902, the fourteen directors included individuals such as Griggs, Henry C. Brewster, George Crocker, Mortimer H. Wagar, and Perry Belmont. In 1905 he was named the president of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America, and held that office until the company was reorganized as the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in 1919. At RCA he was a director and the company's general counsel until his death.
Griggs Avenue in Teaneck, NJ bears his name.
- Skillman, David Bishop (1932). The Biography of a College: Being the History of the First Century of the Life of Lafayette College. Easton, Pennsylvania: Lafayette College.
- "Wall Street Topics", The New York Times, New York City, p. 12, July 2, 1902, retrieved January 19, 2017
- "John William Griggs" (law.jrank.org)
- "John W. Griggs Dies. Attorney General in McKinley Administration Succumbs to Heart Disease at 78. Held Many Directorships. Born on Farm and Was a Railroad Ticket Agent in Youth. Once Member of Hague Tribunal". New York Times. November 29, 1927. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
Abraham V. Schenck
| President of the New Jersey Senate
| Governor of New Jersey
Foster McGowan Voorhees
|Party political offices|
| Republican nominee for Governor of New Jersey
Foster McGowan Voorhees
| United States Attorney General
Philander C. Knox