Robert D. Ilisevich

Robert D. Ilisevich

Robert D. Ilisevich, formerly a professor of American history at Alliance College, is an archivist for the Crawford County Historical Society, and the author of five books on Pennsylvania history.

Galusha A. Grow

The People’s Candidate

Robert Ilisevich presents a compelling political biography of Galusha A. Grow, an often-overlooked, yet influential American politician during the nineteenth century.

Galusha Grow served six terms in the House of Representatives, from 1851 to 1863, representing the district of northeastern Pennsylvania. His concern for the working poor and antislavery views made him a radical Free-Soiler and led to his support of the Homestead Act of 1862.