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John George Graves

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John George Graves.

John George Graves (1865-1945) of J. G. Graves

1865 Born in Horncastle, Lincs., the son of Thomas Graves, a Master Butcher, and his wife Julia Augusta Baker. Brother of Alfred Edward Graves

1891 A jeweller, of Sheffield[1], married Lucy Dawson in Crookes, Sheffield[2]

1896 A cutlery merchant and wholesale jeweller, when he stood for election in Nether Hallam ward; described as an "able debater" and someone who had "triumphed over the attacks of his enemies".[3]. He was one of the 2 Liberal candidates elected for that ward[4]

1901 One of 3 Councillors for Walkley Ward in the new Sheffield Corporation[5]

1902 Lost his seat at the election; took a case for libel against his opponent who won the case. His barrister told the court that Mr Graves was a jeweller, manufacturer of plate, tools, and furniture and was a dealer in woollen goods; he employed about 3000 hands in the business and had around 70,000 agents around the country; his turnover was nearly £1 million.[6]

c.1911 Although John George Graves appears in the directories for West Yorkshire around this time, his entry in the 1911 census has not been found

1927 Lord Mayor of Sheffield

1929 Death of his wife Lucy at Lucknow, India.[7]

1929 Alderman for Ecclesall Ward, Sheffield[8]

1945 Died in Sheffield[9]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1891 census
  2. BMD
  3. The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, October 31, 1896
  4. The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, November 03, 1896
  5. The London Gazette 2 April 1901
  6. The Times 10 Aug 1903
  7. Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Wednesday 06 February 1929
  8. The London Gazette 12 February 1929
  9. National Probate calendar