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Biography of William Ebenezer Grigsby

William Ebenezer Grigsby graduated MA from the University of Glasgow in 1867. He was born in Chelmsford, Essex, on 3 April 1847, son of David Grigsby, a schoolmaster and Congregational minister.

Grigsby enrolled at the University of Glasgow in 1864, aged 17. He studied under the Arts faculty for three years (1864-67), graduating MA in 1867, and remained at the University for a further two years (1867-69) to study Divinity.

From there he went on to gain a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) from Baliol College, Oxford in 1873, before being appointed Professor of International Law at the University of Tokyo, prior to 1868 known as Jeddo University in 1874. He returned to the University of London where he graduated LLB in 1879 and LLD in 1880. He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1881.

He was elected to the London County Council as representative for Islington North in 1889, and re-elected in 1892, but resigned from the London County Council on his appointment as a district judge in Cyprus.

Grigsby died in Cyprus on 11 August 1899, aged 52.


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William Ebenezer Grigsby
Born 3 April 1847.
Died 11 August 1899.
GU Degree: MA, 1867; Arts,
University Link: Graduate
Occupation categories: jurists; lawyers; politicians
English snippet: Arts graduate of the University of Glasgow 1867
Record last updated: 1st May 2014

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England England, Essex, Chelmsford
Place of Birth

Cyprus Cyprus, No Region
Place of Death

Japan Japan, Tokyo

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