Born: 1810-XX-XX New York
Flourished: Tazewell County, Illinois
Gridley lived in Pekin, Illinois, as early as 1838. A Democrat, Gridley was a frequent local and county office-holder. In the town's early years, Gridley served as assessor and clerk of the board of trustees on several different occasions. He also served as the city's treasurer in 1849 and 1850, and again from 1856 to 1862. In 1854 and 1855, he was the town clerk, and from 1853 to 1865, he was the Tazewell County clerk. In 1850, he was also the postmaster of Pekin.
History of Tazewell County Illinois (Chicago: Chas. C. Chapman, 1879), 567-68, 614-16, 713, 715; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Pekin, Tazewell County, IL, 105.