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Dr. Marvin Lee Graves, MD

Birthplace: Bosqueville, Bosque, Texas, United States
Death: November 13, 1953 (86)
Houston, Harris, Texas, USA
Place of Burial: Houston, Harris County, Texas, United States of America
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. George Washington Graves and Mary Priscilla Graves (Fowler)
Husband of Laura Ann Vashti Graves (Ghent)
Father of Private; Edwin Ghent Graves, MD; Laura Lee Steele (Graves); Marvin Lee Graves, Jr; Infant Daughter Graves and 1 other
Brother of Flora E Graves; George Wright Graves; Joseph Henry Graves; Minnie Belle Graves; Eugene Fowler Graves and 7 others

Managed by: Charles Arthur Chester
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About Dr. Marvin Lee Graves, MD


Marvin Lee Graves, MD was born on March 26, 1867, in Bosqueville, Bosque, Texas, United States. His parents were Rev. George Washington Graves and Mary Priscilla Graves (Fowler).

Marvin married Laura Ann Vashti Graves (Ghent) on March 16, 1893. Together they had the following children:

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He died on November 13, 1953, and buried at Forest Park Cemetery Lawndale in Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Houston, Harris County, Texas, United States of America. [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/134902012]


  • Southwestern University BA, MA, 1885, 1886
  • New York University, Medical Degree

(Bellvue when he graduated now a part of NY University.) Six degrees, in addition to his three degrees earned, he was awarded three honorary degrees; Master of Science degrees; Southwestern University, 1949, Southern Methodist University, Baylor Medical University.

Superintendent Southwest Mental Hospital, San Antonio, Texas Medical Professor Board of regents appoint as Medical Professor Galveston Branch.[https://www.newspapers.com/clip/40563681/dr_graves_appointed_medical_prof/]

On Sunday, March 13, 1983, I took notes of a conversation with my grandfather at his home in Houston at 5658 Cedar Creek. He told stories of his father, M.L. Graves. This is from those notes:

Around 1920 there was a typhus epidemic in Corpus Christie, Texas. M.L. was in Corpus to give a talk and remarked offhandedly that people would be better off to drink beer than the local water. Newspapers picked it up and reported the remark so that M.L. was bombarded with criticism from many women who were angry at him for giving support to drinking alcohol. [though a prominent, church-going Methodist and a minister's son, M.L. had a cocktail at least every Sunday after an afternoon of golf].


When Ghent and his sisters were children, M.L. had never taken a vacation and was convinced to do so by his wife, Laura. He always said he didn't want to take time off because he appreciated the money he could have been making. Laura made him take a month off and they went to a Connecticut farmhouse, 45 minutes outside New York City. When they got back to Texas, M.L. said he was so refreshed he made more money in the next eleven months than he had before in a year. After that, he made it an annual practice to take off a month for a family vacation.

They usually vacationed in Connecticut. Laura made sure they came home through New York City so she could shop. The first time he was back in New York after graduating from Columbia Medical School, M.L. forgot how expensive things could be. He ran out of money and had to be creative about getting home. He went to the Sealy mattress factory and told the manager that, as the head of the Texas State Sanitorium, he had recently ordered a bunch of mattresses from them, and would like to get an advance of cash to get home. M.L. had personally signed the order form for the mattresses, so the man asked M.L. to give him a signature to match against the invoice, after which the man asked, "How much do you need?" To M.L.'s request for $250 the man said, "Why not make it $500?" M.L. asked him how he could be so sure of a stranger. The manager said, "No one on earth could duplicate your signature." M.L. recited this tale as an example of the superiority of New York merchants.

In some years they went to Colorado Springs and stayed at the Broadmoor Hotel. A couple of years they went to California. In later years M.L. and Laura vacationed as a couple closer to home, in Corpus Christie. They stayed at the Driskill Hotel, which was erected by a woman as a means to put the hotel next door out of business after they had snubbed her by declining to give her a room when she came in "road attire." M.L. would call Ghent Sr on the phone and say, "Well, it's July, and I don't need a vacation, but your mother insists, so if you will make arrangements to drive us down to Corpus I'd be most obliged."

M.L. had studied Greek and Latin in undergraduate school. He once told Ghent Sr, "I had my first Greek-speaking patient after six years of Greek in which I made straight A's, and I can't even ask him to stick his tongue out."

M.L. prepared thoroughly for the talks he gave. Rather than do a poor job in speaking, he decided at the age of 79 or 80 to decline any more offers to speak. He was very sociable and spoke to people everywhere he went.

Ghent Graves Jr, my dad, told me on this same occasion that M.L.'s home on Shadow Lawn in Houston was overflowing with books. There was a large library with two and one-half walls, twelve feet-high with books, and books in other places like a secretary full. Dad remembers visiting his grandfather in the summer. Dad and his grandparents, M.L. and Laura, would sometimes sleep out on the upstairs screened porch. M.L. read 'True Detective'-type magazines for light reading before bedtime. Conversation between Clark Graves and grandfather Ghent Graves Sr, in re M.L. Graves

-Clark Graves, 22 Nov 2011 Austin

* [https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/111701831/person/432148312632/facts Ancestry Genealogy] -
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Dr. Marvin Lee Graves, MD's Timeline

March 26, 1867
Bosqueville, Bosque, Texas, United States
March 28, 1898
Belton, Bell, Texas, USA
May 15, 1902
San Antonio Bexar County, Texas, USA
San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, USA
Galveston Island, Galveston, Texas, USA
August 25, 1910
Galveston, Galveston County, Texas
November 13, 1953
Age 86
Houston, Harris, Texas, USA
November 13, 1953
Age 86
Houston, Harris County, Texas, United States of America