September 22, 1830, Deerfield, Massachusetts.

September 5, 1917, Somerville, Massachusetts.

Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island.

At age 14, Graves joined the Baptist church in North Sunderland, Massachusetts, where his father Newcomb Graves was a deacon for many years. He graduated from Amherst College in 1856, then studied at the Newton Theological Institution (1856-58). Ordained March 9, 1858, he pastored in Charleston, Massachusetts (1858-63); Providence, Rhode Island (1863-74); Fall River, Massachusetts (1874-80); Haverhill, Massachusetts, and New Bedford, Massachusetts (from 1886).

Graves wrote his first hymn when he was 15 years old; it was sung at a child’s funeral by the choir he belonged to.

  1. Hear Thou My Prayer
  2. O Soul, Soul, Thou Art Passing