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This collection contains family papers related to the Samuel Gragg and Washington Parker Gregg family of Boston, Massachusetts.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Gragg/Gregg family was descended from Major Samuel Gregg of Londonderry, New Hampshire, who was the father of Samuel Gregg/Gragg. Born Samuel Gregg in Peterborough, New Hampshire, on October 25, 1772, he arrived in Boston in 1801, at the age of 29. He made his living as a maker of "common" chairs, and for reasons that remain unknown, Samuel Gregg changed the spelling of his last name to Gragg. On August 31, 1808, he was awarded a United States patent for what he officially referred to as a bentwood "Elastic Chair. "Washington Parker Gregg was born January 14, 1803. Gregg began his career as a member of the bar and was a practicing lawyer in the city of Boston, Massachusetts, before he became a clerk of the Common Council of Boston. He served as a clerk for the City of Boston Common Council and celebrated 40 years of service to the city in 1882. Washington Parker Gregg was also a prolific writer, a real estate investor, and an industrial inventor. He wrote many stories describing his adventures flying in balloons. He also obtained several patents for his roller skate invention. Washington Parker Gregg died in 1892.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Gragg/Gregg papers, MS.000271


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Gragg/Gregg papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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