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Graves, Calvin

Calvin Graves (1804-1878) of Caswell County, NC, was a student during the 1823-24 academic year and a member of the Dialectic Society. He withdrew to study law with Judge Thomas Settle and, later, with Judge Leonard Henderson. He became a lawyer in 1827. From 1840 to 1846 he served in the NC House of Commons, becoming speaker in 1842. Graves also was elected to the NC Senate in 1846 and became speaker in 1848. He is known for supporting a proposal to build an east-west railroad through the state, casting a tie-breaking vote that ended his political career as a Democratic leader. From 1844 to 1868 he was a University trustee (Dictionary of North Carolina Biography 2:342-44).