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C.H. Graves

In office
Preceded by William Rush Merriam
Succeeded by Ezra T. Champlin

In office
Preceded by J.D. Ensign
Succeeded by Joshua B. Culver

Born August 14, 1839(?)
Springfield, Massachusetts
Died 1928
Political party Republican
Residence Duluth, Minnesota
Profession Soldier

Charles Hinman "C. H." Graves (August 14, 1839–October 7, 1928) was an American Army officer, politician, and diplomat.



Hinman was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. After the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the Army of the Potomac as a Sergeant. Breveted four times for gallantry in action, he participated in many battles in the Eastern Theater, and finished the war at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. The war over, Graves decided to stay in the army until December 1870, at which time he was discharged from the Thirty-fourth infantry.[1]


Following his discharge from the army, Graves moved to the port city of Duluth, Minnesota, where he initially involved himself various business ventures including shipping, real estate, iron mining, and insurance, and became the first person to ship wheat from Duluth's port in 1871.[2] He then entered local politics, first as a Republican in the Minnesota Senate representing District 29 from 1873 to 1876.[3] He then served as Mayor of Duluth from 1881 to 1883.[4] On November 11, 1888 he was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives from District 46, serving a term from January 9, 1889 to January 5, 1891, during which time he served as Speaker of the House for the twenty-sixth Minnesota Legislature.[3]


Graves was later appointed as United States Ambassador to Sweden from 1905 to 1913 and to Norway from 1905-1906. Just before leaving for his posts, Graves announced at a farewell banquet that he would be marrying a Miss Alice Kinney from Athens, Pennsylvania on April 25.[5]


  1. ^ His obituary in The New York Times claims he was a captain at that time, whereas Minnesota's State Capitol and the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library state he was a Colonel.
  2. ^ Thompson, 5.
  3. ^ a b Minnesota Legislative Reference Library
  4. ^ The New York Times
  5. ^ "Col. C. H. Graves to Marry". The New York Times. 1905-04-10.  


Political offices
Preceded by
William Rush Merriam
Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
1889– 1891
Succeeded by
Ezra T. Champlin
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William W. Thomas, Jr
U.S. Ambassador to Sweden
1905 -1913
Succeeded by
Ira Nelson Morris
Preceded by
Position Created
United States Ambassador to Norway
Succeeded by
Herbert H.D. Peirce


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