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The only son of Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier dies in the Miami steamboat disaster

Robert Cooper Grier, detail
01/28/1866

William Potter Grier, the only son of 1813 Dickinson College graduate Supreme Court Justice Robert Cooper Grier and his wife, Isabelle, was a military doctor in the Regular Army being transported with his unit on the riverboat Miami when it exploded.  Sitting with a group of officers around a stove aboard the steamer, he and the others reportedly bore the brunt of the boiler explosion below decks and were never seen again.  William Grier was thirty-two years old.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Obituaries," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events 0f the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 556.

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