William J. Graves

#3401, b. 15 August 1854, d. 9 September 1902
Father*William James Graves b. 10 Jan 1830, d. 2 Aug 1884
Mother*Soledad Pico b. Apr 1835, d. a 1900
     William J. Graves was born on 15 August 1854 San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California. He was the son of William James Graves and Soledad Pico. William J. Graves married Lillian H. Branch October 1881 A Memorial and Biographical History of the Counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura, California
Mrs Yda Addis Storke, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1891: Page 649-677
Transcribed: 15 April 2006 by Martha A Crosley Graham. William J. Graves died 9 September 1902 , in San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California at age 48.

Source:
Paso Robles Record and Independent, 1902 Sep 13 1:3

The Passing of William Graves
In the death of William Graves last Tuesday [[Sep.9th]] San Luis Obispo lost a well known attorney and one of her most prominent citizens.

William Graves was born in San Luis Obispo August 12, 1854. His father was Judge William Graves, and his mother the daughter of the distinguished Mexican patriot, Don Jose de Jesus Pico. Mr. Graves was a Native Son and in politics a Democrat.

The family of the deceased have the sincere sympathy not only of their neighbors and friends in this county but the people of the entire state.

San Luis Obispo County Biographies

WILLIAM GRAVES

Submitted by Peggy Hooper

This file is part of the California Genealogy & History Archives
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cagha/index.htm


WILLIAM GRAVES, of San Luis Obispo, is the second son of Judge William J. Graves,
deceased, whose sketch is given elsewhere. Born August 15, 1854, he received a
liberal education, attending the public school in San Luis Obispo, a private school
at Chorro Ranch taught by Mary K. Riddle, the Lincoln school in 1868 in San
Francisco, in 1872 the Sunnyside High School in New Bedford County, Virginia, and
afterward the University of Virginia, at which lie graduated He was admitted to
the practice of law in Virgin. a by the Court of Appeals in 1877, and in December
that year he was admitted by the Supreme Court of California and also by the United
States Circuit Court. In 1879 he was busy at the practice of law in San Francisco, and
was well established in his profession in connection with his distinguished father,
under the firm name of W. J. & W. Graves.

In 1881 he went to Arizona and was associated with Oscar M. Brown, an intimate
friend of his father, in the practice of his profession. In 1884 his father died and he
returned to San Luis Obispo. Since that time he has made his home in this city,
devoting all his time and energy to the practice of law, being now a member of the firm
of Graves, Turner & Graves, who transact an enormous amount of business; their clients
are scattered all over the State. They have participated in the litigation of about all the
important suits that have been instituted in tills county, as the will cases of Biddle, Logan,
Herrera, Blackman, etc. When in Arizona Mr. Graves was a member of the Territorial
Legislature. In San Luis Obispo he was City Attorney in 1878-'79, a member of the city
board of trustees 1877-80, and is now a school trustee.

He was married in October, 1881, to Miss Lily H. Branch, a native of California, and
has three children. Mr. Graves is a man of dignified presence and stately form, and is a
distinguished lawyer

History of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties, California - by
C.M. Gidney, Benjamin Brooks, Edwin M. Sheridan, Vol I, II. -Lewis Publ. Co.,
Chicago, 1917.
     He was educated before 1877 University of Virginia; graduated in the class of 1877. From 1881 to 1884, William J. Gravesresided Globe, Gila County, Arizona Territory; In 1881 he removed to Globe, Gila county, Ariz., and became prominent in Democratic affairs, and during 1882 and 1883 represented that county in the legislature. At the death of his father in 1884 he returned to San Luis Obispo . . .

"Twelfth Legislature, Preseott, January 8, 1883.
Council: Apache, H. E. Lacy; Cochise, E. H. Wiley (president); Cochise and Graham,
P. J. Bolan; Maricopa, A. D. Lemon; Mohave and Yuma, L. S. Welton; Pima, F. G. Hughes,
J. F. Knapp ; Pinal and Pima, J. W. Davis ; Yavapai, F. K. Ainsworth, M. Goldwater, Murat
Masterson, E. W. WeUs.
House: Apache, C. A. Franklin; Cochise, J. F. Dimcan, W. H. Savage, D. K. Wardwell;
Gila, William Graves; Maricopa, J. P. Holcomb, S. F. Webb; Mohave and Yuma, L. J. Lassell
(Mohave), J. W. Dorrington (Yuma) ; Pima, E. C. Brown, J. H. Fawcett, E. B. Gifford, Moye
Wicks; Pinal and Pima, J. W. Anderson (Pinal) ; Yavapai, A. AUen, B. Connell, John Ellis,
E. H. Gobin, E. McCallum, C. A. Eandall, W. A. Eowe (speaker), Charles Taylor."

(A side note here. His cousin, Horatio Nixon Palmer, a mining engineer, was building the stamp mill near Globe in 1880. Their uncle, Tom Graves, was in Pinal, Gila County, as well.)

F. A. Hihn and the founding of California Polytechnic School at San Luis Obispo. Compiled and placed on the internet at:
http://library.ucsc.edu:8080/Zope/hihn/docs/poly03.pdf
by Stanley D. Stevens
p 223
"As the first board of trustees, Governor Gate announced early in 1902 the following men: Warren M. John and William Graves of San Luis Obispo. . . "
". . .Trustee William Graves died in September [9th], 1902, and Governor Gage appointed as his successor, Mr. R. M. Shackleford of Paso Robles."

Tucson Daily Citizen lists the election returns for the next Legislature, including the election of W. Graves, (D.) representing Gila County.

The 1900 census has one Graves, William J, head, b Jan 1855, ae 45, married 20 years, b CA, fb VA, mb, California, lawyer. He lives in San Luis Obispo.

The San Francisco census has a William Graves b Aug 1854, ae 45, m 18, CA VA CA, attorney.

Apparently a double entry.

San Jose Mercury News, 5 September 1900.

CONGRESSIONAL CONTESTS
". . .in the Sixth William Graves of San Luis Obisbo is in the lead, though Editor Spaulding of Los Angeles is being urged for the place."

WILLIAM GRAVES, of San Luis Obispo, is the second son of Judge William J. Graves, deceased, whose sketch is given elsewhere. Born August 15, 1854, he received a liberal education, attending the public school in San Luis Obispo, a private school at Chorro Ranch taught by Mary K. Biddle, the Lincoln school in 1868 in San Francisco, in 1872 the Sunnyside High School in New Bedford County, Virginia, and afterward the University of Virginia, at which he graduated. He was admitted to the practice of law in Virginia by the Court of Appeals in 1877, and in December that year he was admitted by the Supreme Court of California and also by the United States Circuit Court. In 1879 he was busy at the practice of law in San Francisco, and was well established in his profession in connection with his distinguished father, under the firm name of W. J. & W. Graves.

In 1881 he went to Arizona and was associated with Oscar M. Brown, an intimate friend of his father, in the practice of his profession. In 1884 his father died and he returned to San Luis Obispo. Since that time he has made his home in this city, devoting all his time and energy to the practice of law, being now a member of the firm of Graves, Turner & Graves, who transact an enormous amount of business; their clients are scattered all over the State. They have participated in the litigation of about all the important suits that have been instituted in this county, as the will cases of Biddle, Logan, Herrera, Blackman, etc. When in Arizona Mr. Graves was a member of the Territorial Legislature. In San Luis Obispo he was City Attorney in 1878-'79, a member of the city board of trustees 1877-80, and is now a school trustee.

He was married in October, 1881, to Miss Lily H. Branch, a native of California, and has three children. Mr. Graves is a man of dignified presence and stately form, and is a distinguished lawyer.

A Memorial and Biographical History of the Counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura, California
Mrs Yda Addis Storke, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1891: Page 649-677
Transcribed: 15 April 2006 by Martha A Crosley Graham.1

William Graves, of San Luis Obispo, is the second son of Judge William J. Graves, deceased, whose sketch is given elsewhere. Born August 15, 1854, he received a liberal education, attending the public school in San luis Obispo, a private school at Chorro Ranch taught by Mary K Biddle, the Lincoln school in 1868 in San Francisco, in 1872 the Sunnyside High School in New Bedford County, Virginia, and afterward the University of Virginia, at which he graduated. He was admitted to the practice of law in Virginia by the Court of Appeals in 1877, and in December that year he was admitted by the Supreme Court of California and also by the United States District Court. In 1879 he was busy at the practice of law in San Francisco, and was well established in his profession in connection with his distinguished father, under the firm name of W. J. and W. Graves.

In 1881 he went to Arizona and was associated with Oscar M. Brown, and intimate friend of his father, in the practice of his professin. In 1884 his father died and he returned to San Luis Obispo. Since that time he has made his home in this city, devoting all his time and energy to the practice of law, being now a member of the firm of Graves, Turner & Graves, who transact an enormous amount of business; their clients are scattered all over the State. They have participated in the litigation of about al the important suits that have been instituted in this county, as the will cases of Biddle, Logan, Herrera, Blackman, etc. When in Arizona Mr. Graves was a member of the Territorial Legislature. In San Luis Obispo he was City Attorney in 1878-79, a member of the city board of trustees 1877-80, and is now a school trustee.

He was married in October, 1881, to Miss Lily H. Branch, a native of California, and has three children. Mr. Graves is a man of dignified presence and stately form, and is a distinguished lawyer.

A memorial and biographical history of the counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura, California : illustrated : containing a history of this important section of the Pacific Coast from the earliest period of its occupancy to the present time, together with glimpses of its prospective future, with profuse illustrations of its beautiful scenery, full-page steel portraits of its most eminent men, and biographical mention of many of its pioneers and also of prominent citizens of to-day. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1891.

Children of William and Lillian

Last Edited=17 Aug 2016

Citations

  1. [S579] Mrs. Addis Storke, A Memorial and biographical history of the Counties of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura, California (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1891), pp 649-677.