George Graham (soldier)
Captain George Graham (1772 – August 9, 1830) served as acting United States Secretary of War under two Presidential administrations from 1816 to 1817.
|Commissioner of the General Land Office|
June 26, 1823 – September 30, 1830
John Quincy Adams
|Preceded by||John McLean|
|Succeeded by||Elijah Hayward|
|United States Secretary of War|
October 22, 1816 – December 8, 1817
|Preceded by||William H. Crawford|
|Succeeded by||John C. Calhoun|
Dumfries, Virginia, British America
|Died||August 9, 1830 (aged 57–58)|
|Resting place||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Education||Columbia University (BA)|
As incumbent Chief Clerk of the War Department, on October 22, 1816, he was designated Acting Secretary by James Madison following William H. Crawford's promotion to the Department of the Treasury until Crawford's successor John C. Calhoun arrived and took over as Secretary on October 8, 1817. Outside of his Cabinet service, he is best known for a mission to Galveston Island, Texas to persuade the small Bonapartist colony of Champ d'Asile to accept American jurisdiction. There he met with privateer Jean Laffite. This voyage is considered the first Anglo-American account of a sea voyage to Texas. Graham fell ill with acute dysentery on his return trip from Champ d'Asile, but was healed by Atakapa natives. He was president of the Washington branch of the Bank of the United States, 1819–1823, and commissioner of the U.S. land office, 1823–1830.
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- "APPENDIX A, SECRETARIES OF WAR AD INTERIM AND ACTING SECRETARIES OF THE ARMY". Retrieved November 10, 2016.
- Wiggins, Melanie; Linsley, Judith Walker (1991). They Made Their Own Law: Stories of Bolivar Peninsula. Rice University Press. pp. 7–8. ISBN 0-89263-307-7.
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- ArlingtonCemetery.net: George Graham, Captain, United States Army & Public Servant
- George Graham from the Handbook of Texas Online
- George Graham at Find a Grave
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