st of his time.
He was born July 8, 1826, in Londonderry, N. H. When he was very young, his family removed to Pelham, where he received his rudimentary education, and lived until 1844, when he removed to Groton.
He prepared for college at Groton Academy, and entered Amherst College in 1846, but discontinued after a year and returned to Groton.
He said in later life that he remained there as long as they could teach him anything.
He then began the study of law in the office of George Frederick Farley, and was admitted to the Middlesex bar in October, 1849.
In 1848, Mr. Griffin, though a young man, took a prominent part on the side of the Free Soil party, both as a speaker, writer and editor of a Free Soil paper.
In 1850 he removed to Charlestown and began the practice of his profession, and was city solicitor four or five years. In 1859 he removed to Malden, and shortly after to Medford.
While in Charlestown, in 1854, his strenuous opposition to the act of the Legislature cons