Alexander Graves

Alexander Graves ( born August 25, 1844 in Mount Carmel, Covington County, Mississippi, † December 23, 1916 in Lexington, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1883 and 1885 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Alexander Graves was educated at Centre College in Danville (Kentucky). During the Civil War he was a soldier in the army of the Confederacy; while he was under the command of General Nathan Bedford Forrest. In May 1865, he was pardoned along with this in Gainesville ( Alabama) and was officially discharged from the army. He then continued his studies until 1867 with a degree at Oakland University, which later became Alcorn State University, continued. After a subsequent law studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and his 1869 was admitted to the bar he began in Lexington (Missouri ) to work in this profession. In 1872 he was a legal representative of his new hometown and in 1874 became prosecutor in the local Lafayette County.

Politically, Graves was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1882 he was in the fifth electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeds Richard P. Bland took on 4 March 1883 the moved to the eleventh district. As he defeated Republican William Warner in 1884, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1885.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Alexander Graves practiced as a lawyer again. Politically, he is no more have appeared. He died on December 23, 1916 in Lexington, where he was also buried.