Biographical Information

Dates: 1793-1860
Dates in Ridgefield: 1793-

nonfiction, history
bookseller, publisher, politician, diplomat

Born in Ridgefield, self-educated Samuel Griswold worked in a country store in Danbury, and, later, in Hartford where, from 1816 to 1824, he was a bookseller and publisher. He moved to Boston and continued in the publishing business, publishing an illustrated annual, The Token, with early works by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, among others. Under the name Peter Parley, he co-authored, with his brother Charles, a series of young people’s books on such subjects as geography, history, and science. He was, he claimed, the sole author and editor of about 170 volumes, about seven million copes of which were sold, and he amassed a great fortune. He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1836 and the following year, to the state Senate. He was counsel to Paris, France, from 1831 to 1853. He died in New York.

Titles (partial):
The Every Day Book, 1834
Famous Men of Modern Times, 1844
Poems, 1851
Goodrich’s Sixth School Reader, 1857
Peter Parley’s Kaleidoscope, 1857
–Source: Wikipedia