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By Luther B. Hill, A. B., With the Assistance of Local Authorities, Volume II, Illustrated, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago / New York, 1909, Page 322-323

ROBERT PATILLA DEGRAFFENRIED is a leading member of the Muskogee bar and for many years has been prominent in the local affairs of the place. He is a native of Greene county, Alabama, born December 1, 1859, son of John F. and Ann Eliza (Kennedy) deGraffenried. The paternal ancestors of the family were in direct line from Baron deGraffenried, a well known member of the Dutch nobility while the maternal forefathers were of mixed Scotch and Irish stock. Until the breaking out of the Civil war his father was a prosperous southern planter and a representative of an old South Carolina family. Not only was he a son of one of the states most loyal to the southern cause but attended West Point Military Academy and it was therefore natural that he should be among the earliest to join the ranks of the Confederate Army. He served throughout the period of the Civil war with fidelity and distinction.

Robert P. deGraffenried received his early education in the schools of his home and afterward entered the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Mississippi at Starkville, from which he was graduated in 1885 with the degree of B. S. He then studied law under Hon. Thomas Turner of Mount Sterling, Kentucky, subsequently pursing a summer course in the Law department of the University of Virginia. He was admitted to the bar in 1887 and soon afterward removed to Granbury, Texas, where he associated himself in practice with B. M. Estes, as a member of the firm of Estes and deGraffenreid. This connection continued until 1889, when he became a resident of Quannah, Texas, afterwards being elected district attorney for the forty-sixth judicial district of that state. At the conclusion of his official term he came to Muskogee and became partner with Hon. Charles A. Cook in the firm of Cook and deGraffenried. Since becoming a resident of Muskogee Mr. deGraffenried has been honored in various public ways both in connection with the civic and judicial services. For some time he served as a member of the common council of the city of Muskogee and for ten years was a member of the local board of education, being for a portion of that time its chairman. He also received the nomination for the office of district judge at the instance of the Democratic party but failed of an election because of the pronounced minority of his party. His wife was formerly Miss Bessie Lacy, daughter of D. B. Lacy, of Owensville, Kentucky, and their three children are: Jouett Lacy, Arthur M., and Mary deGraffenreid.

(Note by transcriber: Misspellings are as they appeared in the article.)

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