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Galusha A. Grow

The People’s Candidate

Robert D. Ilisevich


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A compelling political biography of Galusha A. Grow, an often-overlooked, yet influential radical American politician of the nineteenth century, who became Speaker of the House in 1861.

Praise For Galusha A. Grow: The People’s Candidate

“The present volume commences the reassessment of an important political figure and will prove useful to students of the period. Written in a clear and straightforward way, it will also engage the interest of many general readers.”
—American Historical Review

“Robert Ilisevich has presented a useful interpretation of Galusha Grow's political career [and] done his subject a valuable service in helping to rescue him from undeserved obscurity.”
—Journal of American History

“What Ilisevich has provided is in large part a study of Pennsylvania politics during the ante-bellum and post-Civil War years with attention centered on the political career of Galusha A. Grow.”
—Pennsylvania History

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822985174, 320pp.

Publication Date: April 15, 1989

About the Author

Robert D. Ilisevich, formerly a professor of American history at Alliance College, is an archivist for the Crawford County Historical Society, and the author of five books on Pennsylvania history.