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  Graham, William A.
<-  1865-01-01  
NameWilliam A. Graham
Hillsborough, North Carolina , United States
Born September 05, 1804
DiedAugust 11, 1875 (70 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Aug 12, 2015 04:26pm
Info(brother of James Graham), a Senator from North Carolina; born at Vesuvius Furnace, near Lincolnton, Lincoln County, N.C., September 5, 1804; pursued classical studies and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1824; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Hillsboro, N.C.; member, State house of commons 1833-1840, serving twice as speaker; elected as a Whig to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Robert Strange and served from November 25, 1840, to March 3, 1843; chairman, Committee on Claims (Twenty-seventh Congress); Governor of North Carolina 1845-1849; declined the missions to Spain and Russia in 1849; Secretary of the Navy in the Cabinet of President Millard Fillmore 1850-1852; unsuccessful Whig candidate for vice president in 1852 on the ticket with Winfield Scott; member, State senate 1854-1866, including service in the state Confederate Congress

Delegate to the Whig National Convention in 1856

Elected to the United States Senate in 1866, but his credentials were not presented; member of the board of trustees of the Peabody Fund 1867-1875; arbitrator in the boundary line dispute between Virginia and Maryland 1873-1875; died at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., August 11, 1875; interment in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Hillsboro, N.C.

Biographical Directory of the American Congress; New York Times 9/17/1856; [Link]


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Wife Susannah Sarah Washington Graham Jun 08, 1836-Aug 11, 1875
Son John W. Graham 1838-1928
Grandson Alexander H. Graham 1890-1977
Son Augustus W. Graham 1849-1936
Father Joseph Graham 1759-1836
Brother James Graham 1793-1851

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