- William Alexander Graham1804 - 1875
Facts and Events
||William Alexander Graham
||5 SEP 1804
||Lincolnton, Lincoln co., NC
||University at Chapel Hill
||BET 1833 AND 1840
||Whig Lawyer-Nc House of Commons
||BET 1840 AND 1843
||US Senator, North Carolina
||BET 1845 AND 1849
||Governor, North Carolina
||BET 1850 AND 1852
||US Secretary of the Navy
||BET 1854 AND 1866
||NC State Senate
||BET 1864 AND 1865
||Senator in the Confederate States
||11 AUG 1875
||Hillsboro Old Town Cemetery, Hillsboro, Orange, North CarolinaHillsboro Old Town Cemetery
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William Alexander Graham (September 5, 1804August 11, 1875) was a United States Senator from North Carolina from 1840 to 1843, a Senator in the Confederate Senate from 1864 to 1865, the 30th Governor of North Carolina from 1845 to 1849 and United States Secretary of the Navy from 1850 to 1852. He was also a candidate for the vice-presidency in 1852.
William Alexander Graham was born in Lincoln County, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served several terms in the NC legislature. He filled an unexpired term in the U.S. Senate and, four years later, was elected governor. Graham urged the appointment of a commissioner of common schools and establishment of the institutions for the insane, deaf, dumb, and blind. From these recommendations, a school for the deaf and dumb opened in Raleigh in 1845. In 1850, Graham accepted appointment as Secretary of Navy. During his term as Secretary of Navy, the famous Perry expedition to Japan occurred. In 1852, Graham was nominated as a vice-presidential candidate on a Whig ticket with General Winfield Scott. Even though the Scott-Graham ticket did not win the election, Graham remained active in politics by serving in the Confederate Congress and on a board to administer a fund for education in the south
- William Alexander Graham, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
- Political Graveyard, .
Graham, William Alexander (1804-1875) -- also known as William A. Graham -- Brother of James Graham. Born near Lincolnton, Lincoln County, N.C., September 5, 1804. Whig. Lawyer; member of North Carolina house of commons, 1833-40; U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1840-43; Governor of North Carolina, 1845-49; U.S. Secretary of the Navy, 1850-52; candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1852; member of North Carolina state senate, 1854-66; Senator from North Carolina in the Confederate Congress, 1864-65. Died in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County, N.Y., August 11, 1875. Interment at Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Hillsborough, N.C. Graham County, N.C. is named for him. See also: congressional biography.
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, .
GRAHAM, William Alexander, 1804-1875
Senate Years of Service: 1840-1843
GRAHAM, William Alexander, (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; 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.
Bibliography : American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Graham, William. The Papers of William Alexander Graham. Edited by J.G. de Roulhac and Max R. Williams. 8 vols. Raleigh: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, 1957-1992; Williams, Max. ’William A. Graham, North Carolina Whig Party Leader, 1804-1849.’ Ph.D. dissertation, University of North Carolina, 1965.
- Orange, North Carolina, United States. Orange, North Carolina, United States. 1870 U.S. Census Population Schedule.
1870 United States Census Name: William A Graham occ: Lawyer Age in 1870: 65
Estimated Birth Year: 1804 Birthplace: NC Home in 1870: Hillsborough, Orange, NC Race: M Gender: Male Value of real estate: 11,700 - 20,000 Post Office: Hillsborough
Roll: M593_1153 Page: 260 Image: 523 Year: 1870
GRAHAM, SUSAN age 54 b. NC
GRAHAM, ROBERT age 27 Lawyer
GRAHAM, GEORGE age 28 Physician
GRAHAM, AGUSTUS age 21
GRAHAM, SUSAN age 19 at home
MAYS, ELLIN age 12 domestic servant b. NC
MEBANE, LAFAYETTE age 10 domestic servant b. NC
MEBANE, GRACE age 25 domestic servant b. NC
JACKSON, WILSON age 23 laborer b. NC