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GRAFTON, Edward C., naval officer, born in Boston, Massachusetts; died in New York City, 24 June, 1876. His father, Joseph, rose to the rank of major in the regular army, won distinction in the war of 1812, and afterward became surveyor of customs in Boston. The son entered the navy as midshipman in 1841, and became passed midshipman in 1847. He was commissioned lieutenant, 15 September, 1855; lieu-tenant-commander, 16 July, 1862 ; commander, 20 December 1866, and was retired, 18 January 1871. At the time when the Confederate ram "Merrimac " attempted to raise the blockade, Lieutenant Grafton was flag-officer of the frigate "Minnesota," then lying near the mouth of the James River, in the engagement that followed in Hampton Roads he played an active part. On being commissioned lieutenant commander he was placed in command of the steam gun-boat "Genesee," and participated in the bombardment of Fort Morgan, Mobile bay. In 1866 he was in command of the "Gettysburg," of the North Atlantic squadron.
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