James Robinson Graves

J. R. Graves was born April 10, 1820 and died on June 26, 1893.  He was a US Baptist preacher, publisher, evangelist, debater, author, and editor. He was born in Chester, Vermont, the son of Z. C. Graves, and died in Memphis, Tennessee. His remains are interred in Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis.

Though raised in a Congregational background, he joined a Baptist Church at age 15. He is recognized as one of the most influential men in the Southern Baptist Convention in the 19th century, and the chief promulgator of the Landmark movement. Graves was one of the Convention's most gifted speakers. Thomas Treadwell Eaton wrote, "We have seen him hold a congregation packed uncomfortably, for three hours and a half without any sign of weariness on their part. This was not done once or twice, but scores of times." Denominational leader J. B. Gambrell described one of Graves' sermons at a small church in Mississippi as "The Greatest Sermon I Ever Heard."

Works by J. R. Graves

bulletThe Desire of the Nations
bulletThe Trilemma
bulletThe first Baptist Church in America
bulletThe Great Iron Wheel
bulletThe Little Iron Wheel
bulletThe Bible Doctrine of the Middle Life
bulletExposition of Modern Spiritism
bulletThe Little Seraph (Song Book)
bulletOld Landmarkism, What is it?
bulletThe Work of Christ in Seven Dispensations
bulletIntercommunion Inconsistent, Unscriptural, and Productive of Evil
bulletWhat is it to Eat and Drink Unworthily?
bulletJohn's Baptism:  Was It From Moses or Christ?


J. R. Graves' Books posted on this web site:

Christian Baptism, The Profession of the Faith of the Gospel

The Lord's Supper, A Church Ordinance

Old Landmarkism - What is It?

Tri-lemma - Death by Three Horns

John's Baptism