James Grover, Jr., a former Congressman who lived in Babylon Village his entire life, passed away last Sunday at the age of 93 due to congestive heart failure, according to The New York Times.
Grover was born in Babylon Village on March 5th, 1919 to James and Christine Grover. James, Sr., served the village as police chief during this time. Grover would go on to graduate from Hofstra University in 1941 and serve the United States Armed Forces during World War II.
Grover and his high school sweetheart, Mary Fullerton, married in 1943 and he went on to graduate from Columbia University with a law degree in 1949. Grover would soon open a law office in the village.
During his time in Babylon before working in Washington, D.C., Grover served on the Babylon School Board and was elected to the State Assembly in 1957.
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Grover, a Republican, served six terms in the House of Representatives from 1963 to 1975, serving what was then the Second Congressional District – a mostly middle class area including parts of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
One of Grover's defining moments as a Representative was in 1972 when he and fellow Long Island representative, Democrat Otis Pike, successfully lobbied to have the Labor Department declare Suffolk County an employment disaster area as the rate spiked at 9 percent. The move helped make hundreds of thousands of dollars available for roads, sewers, tourism and more on Long Island.
Grover is survived by his wife, his son James; daughters Jill Joyler, Nancy Grover de Chatrette and Jean Hand; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.