Bio: Graves, George S. (b. 1820)
Contact: Sandra Wright

Surnames: Graves, Nicholson, Stephens

----Source: Historical and Biographical Album of the Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin (1891-1892) Page 408

-Graves, George (born 18 May 1820)

George S. Graves, Eau Claire, a retired lumber dealer, was born in Richfield, Otsego County, N.Y., May 18, 1820, and is a son of James and Eliza (Nicholson) Graves. James Graves was a native of Vermont, and of Welsh descent. He was by occupation a blacksmith, which trade he followed until his death, which occurred in St. Lawrence County, N.Y. Mrs. Eliza Graves was born in New York, and was of Holland and Irish descent. Her demise occurred previous to that of her husband. Both were members of the Baptist church, George S. was reared in Otsego county, N.Y., until the age of six years when he went with his parents to St. Lawrence county, same state, where he received his education at the academy. When twenty-three years old he began to study law in Lewis County, N.Y. In the fall of 1848 he came to Sheboygan County, Wis., and practiced law until about 1870 when he moved to Fairchild, Eau Claire County, and engaged in the lumber business. In July, 1890, he sold out his interest and removed to Eau Claire, where he has since resided.

Mr. Graves was united in marriage with Miss Laura Stephens, of Lewis County, N.Y., May 18, 1847. Two children have blessed that union, namely: Clarence M., a druggist, living in Denver, Colo., and Parke T., a farmer of Jackson County, Wis. Politically Mr. Graves is a republican, and served as a member of the assembly from Sheboygan County in 1867-68 and 1869. He also served one term as district attorney, and as draft commissioner under Gov. Salomon. He has been chairman of the county board of supervisors of Eau Claire County about four years. In April, 1889, he was appointed a member of the state board of charities and reform. He is a member of the Baptist Church, as was also Mrs. Graves, who died December 3, 1890.



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