Grinnell, Josiah Bushnell
- M. Philip Lucas
Grinnell, Josiah Bushnell (22 December 1821–31 March 1891), preacher, reformer, and politician, was born in New Haven, Vermont, the son of Myron Grinnell, a farmer and schoolteacher, and Catherine Hastings. Grinnell’s father died in 1831. Grinnell’s guardian pressured him to take up farming, but instead he taught primary school to pay for his own additional education. In 1842 he enrolled at Oneida Institute, New York, where the instructors were radical abolitionists. It was, Grinnell believed, “the home of freedom” (Grinnell, p. 30). In the summer and fall of 1844 he distributed religious materials in Wisconsin for the American Tract Society and was a correspondent for ...