Biography of James M. Graves
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Graves, James M., Potsdam, was born in Waddington, St. Lawrence county, November 27, 1862. The father of our subject, William, is also a native of Waddington, born there in 1832. When a young man he learned the shoemaker's trade, which he followed but a few years, when he was obliged to give it up, as it was injurious to his health. He has been twice married, His first wife, and mother of our subject, was Mary A. Dowdcll She had four children, three of whom are living. Mrs. Graves died October 18, 1878. James M. received his education in the Union School in his native town, and taught for two terms in a district school. In February, 1882, he entered Potsdam State Normal School, He was out from time to time teaching in district schools, and graduated in the classical course in 1888. The last year of his course was devoted principally to teaching in the preparatory department, and in June, 1888, he was elected as a regular teacher of preparatory reading, arithmetic and grammar, and had charge of the intermediate rhetorical work, and did office work. In 1889 he went with Dr. Cook to New Jersey, and taught in the Rutger's College grammar school, returning to Potsdam in the spring of 1890. After being re-elected he has had charge of preparatory subjects, composition and rhetorical work, and penmanship. He is a member of the Presbyterian church.

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A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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