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The Worcester Magazine, July 1902

Excerpt from The Worcester Magazine, July 1902: Devoted to Good Citizenship and Municipal Development On May 2d occurred the annual graduation at the United States Naval Academy, located in Annapolis, Maryland. In the class of fifty-nine members, five were from Massachusetts, an unusual number to hail from the Bay State in one year. Of these five, Worcester's interest centres chiefly in her own representative, Ralph Mancill Griswold, who stood number 21 in the list, and had the best rating of his fellows from the Commonwealth. The diplomas were presented by the President, and the young men felt considerably exalted at this attention from Theodore Roosevelt, an official who had himself incurred personal danger in the line of duty. Cadet Griswold is a native of Sharon, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Elisha Griswold, M. D., and his wife, Nannie Green Heywood, a native of this city. Dr. Griswold was a surgeon in the regular army during the War of the Rebellion, and after its close was at the head of the Freedmen's Bureau in Louisiana till 1867, when he resigned and resumed the practice of medicine in Sharon. There he met the lady who became his wife, and there their son, Ralph, was born, Aug. 8, 1881; an older son, Arthur, is a 1902 man of Harvard. In 1896 Mrs. Griswold and sons came to Worcester, her former home, and took up their abode at the old Heywood residence on Catharine Street. Dr. Griswold, the father, had died in Sharon the same year, and on coming to Worcester the sons became pupils in the Classical High School. When Cadet Ralph Earle had ended his course at the Academy, the Hon. Joseph H. Walker gave notice of a competitive examination for the vacancy, and out of the twenty-three candidates young Griswold passed first, and received the appointment. Aug. 1st, 1898, he went to Annapolis for a little extra drill in the preparatory school there, and with the examinations successfully passed, he was admitted September 9th, taking his place among the first years, who numbered at the beginning ninety-three boys. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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