Alexander Graves

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Alexander Graves
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 5th district
In office
Preceded by Richard P. Bland
Succeeded by William Warner
Personal details
Born (1844-08-25)August 25, 1844
Mount Carmel, Mississippi
Died December 23, 1916(1916-12-23) (aged 72)
Lexington, Missouri
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Virginia at Charlottesville
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Service/branch Confederate States Army

Alexander Graves (August 25, 1844 – December 23, 1916) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri.

Born in Mount Carmel, Mississippi, Graves attended Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the Confederate States Army and served under Gen. N.B. Forrest and was paroled with him at Gainesville, Alabama, in May 1865. After being mustered out, he returned to college and was graduated from Oakland (later Alcorn) University, Mississippi, in July 1867. He studied law. He was graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in June 1869. He was admitted to the bar and practiced law in Lexington, Missouri where he was city attorney in 1872. He served as prosecuting attorney of Lafayette County, Missouri, in 1874.

Graves was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1884 to the Forty-ninth Congress. He continued the practice of law until his death in Lexington, Missouri, on December 23, 1916. He was interred in Machpelah Cemetery.

The Alexander and Elizabeth Aull Graves House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.[1]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard P. Bland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
William Warner