Joseph Ridgway Grundy
|United States Senator|
December 11, 1929 - December 1, 1930
|John Stuchell Fisher|
|Born||January 13, 1863|
Camden, New Jersey
|Died||March 3, 1961 (aged 98)|
|a.^ Vare was not permitted to qualify for the seat, though his defeat of Pepper in the primary election was recognized by the Senate. However, due to alleged election fraud, Vare was never seated.|
Joseph Ridgway Grundy (January 13, 1863 – March 3, 1961) was an American textile manufacturer and Republican Party politician from Bristol, Pennsylvania. He represented Pennsylvania in the United States Senate.
Grundy was the President of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association and a strong advocate of protectionism. He was a longtime Republican activist and an ally of Pennsylvania Republican leaders including Boies Penrose and Andrew Mellon. Grundy was appointed on December 11, 1929, by Governor John Stuchell Fisher to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the refusal of the Senate to seat William S. Vare. He served from December 11, 1929, to December 1, 1930, when a duly elected successor, James J. Davis, qualified. On March 1, 1958, he became the oldest living former senator; he was the last living senator who was alive during the Civil War. Grundy returned to the textile industry and banking (President of Farmer's Bank) in Bristol until 1947. Grundy split time in Bristol and vacation home in the Bahamas.
When he died in the Bahamas, he left no heirs. The Bristol Borough home of Senator Grundy, as stated in his will, was left to be preserved as a museum and memorial library named after his only sister, Margaret Ridgway Grundy, in her and their family's honor and is open to the public for touring free of charge. The Victorian home includes a complete collection of the Grundy family's original possessions from both their Walnut Grove home and Bristol Borough home as well as exquisite wood detailing throughout.
| U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Pennsylvania
December 11, 1929 – December 1, 1930
Served alongside: David Reed
| Oldest living U.S. Senator
March 1, 1958 – March 4, 1961
|Notes and references|
|1. As Senator-elect. George Pepper was the last person elected and sworn-into seat.|