From: "Histoire de la Corporation de la Cite de Montreal Depuis
on Original Jusqu'a Nos Jours"
By J. Cleophas Lamothe, Montreal Printing and Publishing Company Ltd. 1903
Ex-alderman James Griffin, now in his seventy-eighth year and at the moment is just recovering from a long illness, due to a street accident, was born in 1827, in Ireland, and is the son of Robert Griffin and Elizabeth Powell. During thirteen years Mr. Griffin represented St. Lawrence Ward, in the Municipal Council of the City, but was compelled to leave his public duties in order to accord his full attention to his private affairs, in connection with the large confectionary house he conducted for fifty years, on St. Lawrence street. Mr. Griffin retired from the active business arena in 1901.
He was educated in Quebec, having come to Canada when still very young. He is a Justice of the Peace and a Trustee of the St. James Methodist church. He occupies high rank in the Free Masons. He is an extensive real estate owner, and the proprietor of several very important buildings of our city.
Mr. Griffin was joined in wedlock to Miss Annie Quinn in 1852. He is the head of a family composed of five boys and six girls, of whom only three boys and a girl are still living.
Mr. Griffin gave the city much useful service; his presence on the Fire
and Market committee being particularily useful. Mr. Griffin is,
in politics, a liberal, but has always retained his freedom to criticize
those of his own party if he does not agree with them.