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Alexander GRAVES

(1844-1916)

GRAVES, Alexander, a Representative from Missouri; born in Mount Carmel, Covington County, Miss., August 25, 1844; attended Centre College, Danville, Ky.; at the outbreak of the Civil War joined the Confederate Army and served under Gen. N.B. Forrest; paroled with him at Gainesville, Ala., in May 1865; after being mustered out returned to college and was graduated from Oakland (later Alcorn) University, Mississippi, in July 1867; studied law; was graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in June 1869; was admitted to the bar and practiced law in Lexington, Mo.; city attorney in 1872; prosecuting attorney of Lafayette County, Mo., in 1874; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1884 to the Forty-ninth Congress; continued the practice of law until his death in Lexington, Mo., on December 23, 1916; interment in Machpelah Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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