Biography of John Cord Graves


Graves, John Card, was born in Herkimer, N. Y., November 18, 1839. His family came from England to Massachusetts in 1635, and in the latter part of the last century his grandfather, John Graves, came westward to the Mohawk valley, where he became a prominent citizen, serving as member of the State Legislature and sheriff of Herkimer county. Hon. Ezra Graves, father of John C. and son of John, was a distinguished lawyer, and served as judge and surrogate of the county of Herkimer for sixteen years and as a member of the State Constitutional Convention of 1867-68. He married Maria Card of Herkimer. John Card Graves, their son, attended Fairfield Academy and was graduated from Hamilton College in 1862, and in the same year became a Mason and was also admitted to the bar of New York. He had previously read law with his father, with whom he at once formed a copartnership, which continued until 1867, when he removed to Buffalo, where he has since resided. He attached himself to the National Guard, becoming lieutenant-colonel and afterward colonel of the 65th Regt., N. G. N. Y., and subsequently was commissioned brigadier-general commanding the 8th Brigade. General Graves is one of the foremost members of the Buffalo bar, and is widely known for his ability and thorough knowledge of the law. He has served as park commissioner, and at one time was president of the Merchants' Exchange and Citizens' Association. It was largely through his efforts that the new charter (1892) of the city of Buffalo was obtained. He is a large real estate owner, and has been president of the Eastern Elevator and the New York State Municipal League. In 1864 he married Augusta. daughter of Augustus C. Moore of Buffalo, and they have seven children.

Our County and its people
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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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