1824 – 1873 Inclusive date(s)
1848 – 1849 Bulk date(s)
Adam Grittinger (1800-1874) was a prominent political figure in Lebanon County during the mid-nineteenth century, serving at various times in elected office at the municipal, county and state levels, and an active surveyor for most of his life. This collection consists of correspondence during Grittinger's term as a State Representative (1847-1848), a field notebook related to his work as a surveyor during 1848-1853, a memorandum book, as well as other personal financial and legal documents. Among the personal materials are a letter of recommendation, estates for which Grittinger acted as administrator, a patent purchase, an account book, receipt book and a phrenology chart.
Brian C. Kissler
Adam Grittinger was born in Londonderry Township, Lebanon County on January 1, 1800. Apprenticed to a carpenter at a young age, Grittinger secured the education necessary became a school teacher in Hummelstown (Berks County, Pa.) by 1825 and continued as a teacher and merchant in Lebanon City after marrying in 1829. In 1836-1837 he was employed as assistant engineeer of the State canal designed to connect the Allegheny and Susquehanna Rivers and would continue to work as a surveyor in different capacities throughout his life. Grittinger served as a town clerk for Lebanon borough in 1835 and continued in public service as Clerk of the Orphan's Court for Lebanon County from 1839-1845, State Representative for 1847-1848, Deputy Surveyor for the county in 1853, and secretary and burgess for Lebanon borough in 1861-1865. Adam Grittinger died September 16, 1874.
Scope and Content
The bulk of the collection is correspondence received by Grittinger during his term as a representative in the Pennsylvania State Assembly (1847-1848). The letters are primarily from constituents, as well as notable business and political or legal figures in Lebanon County. Predominant in the correspondence are references to roads and turnpikes within Lebanon County and the Lebanon Bank charter. Several letters mention general political issues at the local, state and/or nation level.
The account book (1846-1853) records ground rents collected by Grittinger for property described as 'Out-lots adjoining the Long Lane near the Borough of Lebanon, in South Lebanon township.'
The field notebook (1848-1853) contains notes for land surveys done by Grittinger for individual land owners throughout Lebanon County, various public works-- schools, cemeteries, roads, municipal divisions, etc.-- and the Union Canal Company.
The memorandum book (1865) relates to Grittinger's term as a burgess for Lebanon borough and contains several entries for commutation fees collected during the final months of the Civil War.
The receipt book (1859-1874) contains Grittinger's personal expenditures to merchants, tradesmen and professionals in Lebanon, Pa. for a range of goods and services.
The collection also contains an agreement for the purchase of a patent, papers relating to estates administrated by Grittinger and a phrenology chart.