After serving as a two-term Mayor of Paterson, New Jersey, this Democratic politician became a New Jersey State Senator.
He interrupted his education at the University of Virginia to serve in World War II. Upon returning to the United States, he graduated from Paterson State College.
During the 1970s, he served as President of the Paterson City Council.
He grew up in Paterson, New Jersey, as the son of newspaper reporter Frank Graves, Sr., and later married Ethel Paterson.
He and fellow delegates to the Democratic National Convention of 1964 brought about the nomination of Lyndon B. Johnson for U.S. President.