Biography of Frank B. Graves
Kings County, CA Biographies





FRANK B. GRAVES.
Among the members of the legal profession in Kings county, none stands higher in public esteem than Frank B. Graves, well known lawyer and the present city attorney of Hanford. He was born in Spottsylvania county, Virginia, on the 16th day of January, 1881, the scion of a historic old southern colonial family. He is essentially a self made man, for the family, finances were at such a low ebb that at the age of fourteen years he was compelled to go to work. Determined to secure an education, however, he pursued his studies at night whenever possible and eventually realized his ambition. His first employment was in a shoe factory in Alexandria, Virginia, but later he secured clerical work in Washington, D. C., where he was enabled to attend high school. He was ambitious to devote his life to the practice of law and to this end he entered Georgetown University, where he took the pre law course and then attended the Law School of that university for two years. Relinquishing the study of law for a time, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he secured a position, first as an assistant manager and then as a manager of the millinery department in the Gimble Brothers department store. In 1898, upon the declaration of war with Spain, Mn Graves enlisted in Company C of the Fourth Regiment, Virginia Volunteer Infantry, with which he saw nine months of service.

On July 25, 1908, Mr. Graves arrived in Los Angeles, California, but soon afterward went to San Francisco, where he secured employment in the Emporium department store and, later, in the Newman-Levison Company store. During this period he was again devoting himself to the study of law and entered the Kent Law School in San Francisco, where he completed the three year course in fourteen months. He was graduated in 1911 and was admitted to the bar on March 11th of that year. He entered upon the practice of his profession in San Francisco, but in May, 1912, he came to Lemoore, Kings county, where he remained until 1917, when he located in Hanford. He here became at once closely identified with the varied interests of the locality and his public spirit and progressive attitude won him the respect and good will of the community. He soon found himself in the enjoyment of a large clientele and during the intervening years he has occupied a prominent place in his profession, having been identified as counsel with much of the important litigation in the county courts. At present he is rendering efficient service as city attorney of Hanford. Mr. Graves is deeply interested in educational affairs and is a member of the board of trustees of the grammar school.

Fraternally he is a member of the Masonic lodge, of which he is a past worshipful master; of the Knights of Pythias, of which he is a past chancellor; of the Order of the Eastern Star, of which he is a past worthy patron; and he was also a member of the board of directors of the Hanford Board of Trade. During the World war Mr. Graves took an active part in the Liberty Loan drives and rendered effective service as county chairman of the Four Minute men.

Mr. Graves was married on November 20, 1902, in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania, to Miss Florence A. Harper, a native of Pennsylvania, and to them have been born three children, Kathryn, Richard P., and Carol Eleanor. Mrs. Graves was also active in her support of the war cause, having served as food administrator of the county. In politics they are republicans, and belong to the Presbyterian church. In 1925 Mr. Graves was appointed state quartermaster of the Department of California, United Spanish War Veterans.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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