William Jordan Graves

William Jordan Graves

New Castle, Henry County, Kentucky, USA
Death 27 Sep 1848 (aged 42–43)
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 19479409 · View Source
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US Congressman. A native of New Castle, Kentucky, he studied law, was admitted to the bar, and became a lawyer in Henry County, Kentucky. In 1834, he was a member of the Kentucky Legislature. Elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to represent Kentucky's 8th District in the United States House of Representatives, he served from 1835 to 1841. He was reelected to his second and third terms as a member of the Whig Party. He is best remembered for participating in a duel on February 24, 1838, which resulted in the death of US Congressman Jonathan Cilley, a Democratic Republican from Maine. The duel took place on Marlboro Road in Maryland and precipitated the passage of a Congressional Act in 1839 that prohibited giving or accepting challenges to a duel in the District of Columbia. Graves was censured, but not expelled, when fellow delegates demanded that he be punished. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1840 and returned to Kentucky to resume his legal practice. He became a member of the State Legislature again in 1843.

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