Grassi, Giovanni an eminent Italian ecclesiastic, was born at Verona, October 12, 1778, and entered the Jesuit order, November 16, 1799. In 1810 he was sent to Maryland to be superior of the Jesuit missions. He was recalled to Italy in 1817, and appointed to some important places of the order. He was also rector of the College of the Propaganda. He died December 12, 1849. Grassi published Various Notices on the State of the Republic of the United States, 1818, which passed through three editions in Rome, Milan, and Turin. See Cath. Almanac, 1872, page 102.