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GROVER, WALTER E. (1869–1960). Walter E. Grover, amateur historian and naturalist, was born on April 17, 1869, in Galveston, Texas, the son of Eliza (Crane) and George W. Grover. On November 14, 1905, he married Kate Duble; they had no children. Grover was an accountant and bookkeeper specializing in abstract and title work; he became an authority in the field of land titles. After retiring in 1950 he served two terms as president of the Galveston Historical Society (see GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION) and devoted full time to historical research, collections, and writing.

A skilled sailor and ardent hunter and fisherman as a youth, Grover made a collection and description of bird eggs from the Galveston area for the Smithsonian Institution. His manuscript on the coast guard stations of Galveston was acclaimed by the United States Coast Guard, and a copy of that work was placed in the coast guard headquarters in New Orleans. He died on February 6, 1960, and was buried in the old Episcopal Cemetery in Galveston.


George W. Grover Collection, Galveston and Texas History Center, Rosenberg Library, Galveston. George W. Grover Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Walter E. Grover Collection, Galveston and Texas History Center, Rosenberg Library, Galveston. Walter E. Grover Collection, San Jacinto Museum of History. Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Texas Collection, July 1960.

Anne A. Brindley


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Anne A. Brindley, "GROVER, WALTER E.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.