Hiram A. Graves

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Hiram A. Graves
Born 29 January 1862(1862-01-29)
Died 20 March 1926 (64) [1]
Glendale, California
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Mina C. Graves (m. 1912)

Hiram A. Graves (January 29, 1862 - April 20, 1926) was an American private detective, employed in his career by the Pinkerton National Detective Agency and the William J. Burns Detective Agency. In his later years, Graves formed the Astro-Therapeutic Ministry with his wife, Mina C. Graves, which dealt in Max Heindel-influenced Rosicrucian astrology and feats of mental mediumship, including claims of contact with the spirit of James M. Peebles in 1922 via the couples' "teachers on the inner plane."[P]

Selected Bibliography

  • Graves, Hiram A.; Graves, Mina C. (1916), The Golden Key to the Gates of Pearl, Los Angeles: Private by Author 
  • Graves, H. A. (Feb. 1920), "An Occult Vision", AZOTH 6 (2)  — a poem.

Press Coverage

Peebles Message (1922)


  1. "Hiram A. Graves Succumbs to Heart Disease", Los Angeles Times: 25, 22 April 1926,, "Hiram A. Graves, 63 years of age, assistant manager of the Burns National Detective Agency Bureau here, and one of the best-known private detectives in Los Angeles, died unexpectedly of heart disease Tuesday afternoon at his home at 1646 Glorieta avenue, Glendale, it became known yesterday. Mr. Graves was known as one of the best investigators in his business. He served for a time as manager of the Chicago office of the Burns agency, later as a member of the District Attorney's office staff here, and for fifteen years with the local Burns agency. While in the latter capacity, he worked on many of the most important criminal cases in recent years. Taken ill at the Burns office Monday, he was hurried home in an automobile, seemed to recover slightly Tuesday morning, but died while sitting in a chair on his porch in the evening. He leaves a widow."