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1870's Lawyer Henry Bennett Graves CDV Photo, Litchfield, Connecticut


On reverse: "Henry B. Graves" is handwritten, autographed in fancy old period dip pen ink. Photo type: Original vintage Victorian CDV or Carte de Visite Photograph. Photographer: S.H. Waite, 275 Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut, Hartford County. (known to be photographer Stephen Waite or Stephen H. Waite 1832-1906 )

This is a beautiful and close up portrait of Henry Graves, who appears to be in his sixties, born about 1810. We found another image of Henry Graves in researching him, which confirms that this photo is indeed a photo of him. It can be found in the book entitled: "The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, Connecticut, 1709-1909: Biographical Sketches of Members, History and Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School" by Dwight Canfield Kilbourn, published January 1, 1909.

Found in Public Genealogy Records:
The Judicial and Civil History of Connecticut, by Dwight Loomis (1821-1903) and Joseph Gilbert Calhoun (born 1856). Published 1895: "Henry Bennett Graves: Born in Litchfield, Conn., in 1822, the son of Jedediah Graves, of Sherman, Connecticut and for many years a judge of the County Court. He had the advantages of an academic education, but was never graduated from college. He studied law with Hon. James C. Loomis in Bridgeport CT, and was admitted to the bar at Litchfield CT, April, 1845. He began practice in the town of Plymouth, but shortly afterward removed to Litchfield, where he resided until the time of his death. While Governor Dutton was chief magistrate of the State, Mr. Graves was executive secretary, and for one year he was clerk of the County Court. He represented the town of Litchfield in the General Assembly in 1858, 1867, 1868, 1877, 1879 and 1889. He was a typical lawyer of the old school. In figure he was tall, handsome and striking. He had great keenness of perception, splendid capacities for analysis, and was a compact and logical thinker. He was a man of the most kindly feelings, warm and ardent in his friendships, generous and helpful to all, and never vindictive even to his opponents. He was twice married, once to the daughter of Governor Dutton; the second time to Sarah, daughter of the late Simeon Smith, of Morris. He died in Litchfield, August 10, 1891."

Henry B Graves 1822-1891 was born in Connecticut to Jedediah Graves 1780 and Sally Graves. He had 13 siblings. He died on in 1891 in Litchfield, Connecticut, at age 69. His Grandparents were Ezra Graves 1760-1834 of Sherman, Connecticut, who had one son with Joanna Northrup Graves in 1780. Joanna died in 1832. Ezra died in 1834, at the age of 74.

His Parents:
His Father: Jedediah Graves was born on November 7, 1780, in East Haddam, Connecticut, the child of Ezra Graves and Joanna Graves or Johannah Graves. He married Sally Northrup on February 6, 1803, in Sherman, Connecticut. They had 14 children in 26 years. He died on January 17, 1861, in Sherman at 80 years. (also seen as Jebediah Graves)

His Mother: Sally Northrop was born on August 8, 1785, in Sherman, Connecticut. She died on September 1, 1871 at 86 years.
His Siblings:
Flora Ann Graves
Ezra Horatio Graves
Amelia Ruth Graves
Rebecca Beardsley Graves
David Graves
Jedediah Jackson Graves
Charles Sterling Graves
Sally Graves
Cornelia Graves
Henry Bennett Graves (this photo)
Sarah Graves
George Washington Graves
Sarah Jane Graves
Edward Graves

Illustrated Popular Biography of Connecticut 1891 by Lockwood & Brainard Co: H.B. GRAVES: HON. HENRY B. GRAVES, Litchfield CT:  "Lawyer, Attorney-at-Law: Henry B. Graves was born in Sherman, Connecticut, and is sixty-eight years of age. He had a common school education and spent one year in the academy at Westfield, Mass. He was admitted to the bar in April, 1845. He has been a judge of probate in Litchfield and Plymouth. Mr. Graves comes of legislative ancestry, his grandfather, Ezra Graves, representing New Fairfield in the general assembly several sessions, and his father, Jedediah Graves, representing Sherman many times. His father was also a member of the constitutional convention of 1818, and one of the last survivors of that memorable body of men. In 1849 Mr. Graves was clerk of the state senate, in 1854 executive secretary; was clerk of the superior and county courts of Litchfield county in 1854-55, and has been a justice of the peace for forty-four years. His legislative career has been as remarkable and as useful as that of any man in the state. He was a member of the lower house for the first time in 1858, when he served on the judiciary committee and on contested elections; in 1867, again on the judiciary committee; in 1868 he declined service on the judiciary, and at his own request served on the committee of education; and was active in support of the law making the schools free. Governor English gave him the credit of being largely influential in the success of that measure. In 1876, after an interval of eight years, he again entered the legislature, and was house chairman on railroads and chairman on contested elections. In 1877 he was again a member of the judiciary committee, and also in 1879. In 1889 he was house chairman on the school fund. Many of the existing statutes were drafted by him, notably the act to prevent frauds in the sulu of putents. This act Governor Hubbard pronounced one of the best specimens of legal mechanism. In 1889 he strongly advocated the bill to protect the policy holders of the Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company, and when the veto of Governor Bulkeley came into the was on his motion passed over the veto, without debate and nearly unanimously. In 1879 he defeated a resolution that had passed the senate without dissent, concerning an order on the state treasury for $1 18,ooo, in favor of the policy-holders of certain defunct insurance companies of New Haven. Subsequently the senate unanimously rejected the resolution. It will be seen from his record that he has made an unusual impress upon the legislation of the last thirty years in this state, which argues well for his ability and his untiring devotion to a cause when once enlisted, and for his energetic individuality. He has enjoyed a large practice at the bar and has been counsel in most of the important cases in Litchfield county, both civil and criminal. He is a democrat, but has never received honors from his party except in election to the legislature. His acquaintance throughout the state is very extensive, and he is universally considered one of its ablest lawyers and a man of integrity and honor."

Henry's 1st wife:
Mary Eliot Dutton Graves 1826-1865 died age 38, New Haven County, Connecticut, the wife of Henry Graves and daughter of Chief Justice Governor Henry Dutton & Eliza Dutton.
Her Father: Governor Henry Dutton 1796-1869
Her mother: Eliza Eliot Joy Dutton 1796-1883
Her Siblings:
Mary Eliot Dutton Graves
Harriet Joy Dutton Watrous 1834-1873
Henry Melzar Dutton 1838-1862

Henry's 2nd wife:
Sarah M Smith in the Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920
Marriage Date: 23 Oct 1866
Marriage Place: Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

Henry M. Dutton, son of Ex-Governor & Judge Dutton, practiced law in Litchfield in 1861 with his uncle Henry B. GRAVES, Esq. He served as a lieutenant in the 5th Connecticut Infantry in the Civil War and was KIA killed in action at the battle of Cedar Mountain, Virginia on 9 Aug 1862. Lily M. Graves, was a daughter of Hon. Henry B. Graves of Litchfield CT.

Henry B Graves in the Connecticut, Deaths and Burials Index, 1650-1934
Birth Date: 4 Apr 1823
Death Date: 10 Aug 1891
Age at Death: 68
Cemetery: East Cemetery, Litchfield County, Connecticut

    A beautiful old Litchfield History piece and photo of Henry B. It is beautifully signed. Rare and one of a kind. Henry B. Graves was a Civil War veteran, enlisting in Northampton, Massachusetts. It was found in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. 

Size: 2.5 x 4 inches
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