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date: 01 April 2020

Graves, James Robinsonlocked

(10 April 1820–26 June 1893)
  • Daniel W. Stowell


Graves, James Robinson (10 April 1820–26 June 1893), Baptist preacher and editor, was born in Chester, Vermont, the son of Zuinglius Calvin Graves and Lois Schnell, farmers. His father died when Graves was an infant, and he received only rudimentary schooling. At the age of fifteen, he joined a Baptist church, although he had been reared in a Congregationalist family. He compensated for his lack of formal education through intensive private study, both before and after his family moved to Ohio when he was nineteen. He served as a schoolteacher, first at the Kingsville Academy in Kingsville, Ohio, and later at the Clear Creek Academy in Jessamine County, Kentucky. Meanwhile, he studied for the Baptist ministry and was ordained in 1842. He preached in Ohio for a short while before moving in the summer of 1845 to Nashville, Tennessee, where he opened an academy. That year he married Florence Spencer. After she died, he married Lou Snider. After her death, Graves married her sister, Georgie Snider. He had five children who survived him—three from his second marriage and two from his third marriage....

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