Silas L. Griffith, of Danby, Vermont, whose death at National City, California, on Tuesday, was announced in The Tribune yesterday, was one of the largest landowners and wealthiest men in Vermont, if not in New England. He took an active part in the politics of his state, having been a member of its Senate and frequently mentioned as a possible Republican candidate for Governor. Among his real estate holdings was a tract of twenty-four thousand acres, covered with valuable timber, in the Green Mountains, near Danby, and he was engaged in lumbering and other branches of business giving employment to hundreds of men. This tract abounds with deer and other game and contains twenty miles of trout streams, all of which he preserved, and had spent many thousands of dollars it establishing trout hatcheries. On a high peak he maintained a cottage exclusively for the entertainment of his friends. He was a man of quaint but unaffected character, of bounteous hospitality and of large but unostentatious benevolence, devoting a considerable portion of his income to charitable purposes. Last winter Mr. Griffith went to California for the benefit of his health, which had been poor for several years, and bought the estate known as the Palms, at National City, where he died. He had expected to return to the East, and his body will probably be taken to Danby for burial. Several of his relatives are engaged in business in this city, and parties of New York people have been his guests at Danby.