Dr. William Ebenezer Grigsby (3 April 1847 - 11 August 1899) was a jurist and local politician.
Born in Chelmsford, Essex, he was the son of of David Grigsby, a schoolmaster and Congregational minister and his wife Catherine (or Kate) née Savell.
Following education at Chelmsford Grammar School he studied law: he received a BA from the University of London in 1866, an MA from the University of Glasgow in 1867, and a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) degree from Baliol College, Oxford in 1873. From 1874-1879 he was professor of Law at the University of Tokyo. He returned to England and the University of London where he graduated as a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1879 and a Doctor of Laws (LLD) in 1880. He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1881, and was the author of a number of books on law.
When the first elections to the London County Council were held in January 1889, Grigsby, by then resident in Holloway, was nominated a candidate by the Liberal-backed Progressive Party to contest the Islington North division. He was comfortably elected along with his party colleague, William Coulson Parkinson. He was re-elected in 1892.
At the general election of 1892 he was chosen by the Liberal Party to contest the Chelmsford constituency, but failed to be elected. In November 1893 he resigned from the London County Council on his appointment as a district judge in Cyprus. The appointment was somewhat controversial, as it was alleged by the Conservatives that he was the director of a company that had been forced into receivership by reckless trading.
Some information on the University of Glasgow page .
- The Legacy of Iyeyasu (1874) 
- Commentaries on Equity Jurisprudence (with Joseph Storey) (1884)
- The Medjellè or Ottoman Civil Law. Translated into English (1895) 
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The Election Campaign in Essex, The Essex Standard, West Suffolk Gazette, and Eastern Counties' Advertiser, 2 July 1892, p.5
- ↑ Graduate Record for William Ebenezer Grigsby (University of Glasgow)
- ↑ London County Council. The Nominations. The Morning Post, 10 January 1889, p.2
- ↑ The County Councils - London Polls, The Times, 18 January 1889, p.9
- ↑ The London County Council Election, The Times, March 7, 1892, p.10
- ↑ Hansard . Questions, Commons Sitting 30 November 1893 (HC Deb vol 19 cc94-5)
- ↑ The Morning Post, 2 September 1899, p.5
- ↑ Society and Personal Notes, The Essex County Standard West Suffolk Gazette, and Eastern Counties Advertiser, 24 November 1900, p.6