Grenville Kleiser was born in 1868, in Toronto, Canada. He married to Elizabeth Thompson in 1894. Grenville died in August, 1935 in New York City. He was the author of a long list of inspirational books and guides to oratorical success and personal development. Among his titles were "Inspiration and Ideals", "Christ, the Master Speaker", "How to Succeed in Life" and "Taking God into Partnership".

In November 1933, Mr. Kleiser although admitting that an upturn in business was visible, preofessed himself so tired of the depression that he had to do somehting about it. Accordingly, he sent checks for one dollar to each of ten persons. Each check was enclosed a note reading "To Aid Business, this is a goodwill gift to help Buy Now Campaign" The ten recipients were, President and Mrs. franklin D. Roosevelt, Gen. Hugh S. Johnson, Henry Ford, the radio announcer and editor of the Evening Post and the Sun, both in New York and Passaic Herald News. "The last got a check because he always sent me a copy of the issue of paper in which a poem of mine appears said Mr. Kleiser.