Charles A. Graves

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Charles Alfred Graves (1850–1928) was a legal scholar and law professor, who taught at the law schools of Washington and Lee University and the University of Virginia.

Graves graduated from Washington and Lee, where he studied under John W. Brockenbrough and John Randolph Tucker, then joined the faculty in 1873. From 1875 to 1887, Graves taught alone, while Tucker served in Congress. Tucker returned, then in 1896, a third faculty member was added, John W. Davis. Graves became dean in 1897 upon Tucker's death. From 1899 to 1928, Graves was a professor of law at the University of Virginia.[1]

Graves was a charter member of The Virginia Bar Association in 1890.[2] With Judge Edward C. Burks and Professor William M. Lile, Graves issued the first volume of the "Virginia Law Register" in May 1895.[3]

In 1907, on the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Robert E. Lee, Graves gave a poignant speech at the University of Virginia about Lee's years at Washington College. The speech was reprinted in the Alumni bulletin.[4]

In 1911, Washington and Lee conferred on Graves an honorary doctor of laws degree.[5]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Charles Alfred Graves (1850-1928)". Washington & Lee University. Retrieved April 12, 2008. 
  2. ^ Charter of the Virginia State Bar Association, Acts of Assembly 1889-1890, c. 376, published in Report of the Fifth Annual Meeting of the Virginia State Bar Association (1893) (available on Google Books)
  3. ^ Bryson, William Hamilton (2000). Virginia Law Books: Essays and Bibliographies. DIANE (accessed via Google Books). ISBN 0-87169-239-2. 
  4. ^ The Alumni Bulletin, University of Virginia (January 1907) (available on Google Books).
  5. ^ "Honorary Doctorate Degrees Conferred". Washington & Lee University. Retrieved April 12, 2008.