GRAHAM, James (1793-1851)

GRAHAM, JAMES, (brother of William Alexander Graham), a Representative from North Carolina; born in Lincoln County, N.C., January 7, 1793; pursued classical studies and was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1814; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1818 and commenced practice in Rutherford County; member of the State house of representatives in 1822, 1823, 1824, 1828, and 1829; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1835); presented credentials as an Anti-Jacksonian Member-elect to the Twenty-fourth Congress and served from March 4, 1835, to March 29, 1836, when the seat was declared vacant; subsequently elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the same Congress; reelected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth, Twenty-sixth, and Twenty-seventh Congresses and served from December 5, 1836, to March 3, 1843; chairman, Committee on Public Expenditures (Twenty-seventh Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1842 to the Twenty-eighth Congress; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1847); was not a candidate for renomination in 1846; engaged in agricultural pursuits near Rutherfordton, Rutherford County, N.C., where he died September 25, 1851.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Southern Historical Collection, Manuscripts Department, Library
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1750-1834, 19 items.
The papers include land grants, deeds, and indentures pertaining to lands in the Catawba River Valley of Iredell and Anson counties, North Carolina, and York County, South Carolina. These materials were acquired by James Graham in 1828.

  • Graham, James. Speech of Mr. James Graham, of North Carolina, on the bill making an appropriation to prevent and suppress Indian hostilities. Washington: Printed by Gales and Seaton, 1838.