Thomas Graham (barrister)
Sir Thomas Lynedoch Graham
|Prime Minister of Cape Colony|
June – August 1902
|Preceded by||Gordon Sprigg|
|Succeeded by||Gordon Sprigg|
|Colonial Secretary of Cape Colony|
|Attorney-General of Cape Colony|
January – June 1898
|Prime Minister||Gordon Sprigg|
|Parliament of Cape Colony|
|Judge President of the Eastern Districts Local Division of the Supreme Court of South Africa|
Grahamstown, Cape Colony, South Africa
|Died||8 May 1940 (aged 80)|
|Nationality||British, South African|
|Alma mater||St. Andrew's College|
Clare College, Cambridge
Graham was born in Grahamstown, Cape Colony, which had been founded by his ancestor, Colonel John Graham, in 1812. He was educated at St Andrew's College, Grahamstown and Clare College, Cambridge and was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in 1885.
Returning to South Africa, he became an advocate of the Supreme Court of Cape Colony. In 1891 he won the South African Doubles Lawn Tennis Championship. In 1898 he took silk and was elected to the Cape Colony Legislative Council, the Upper House of the Parliament of Cape Colony. Soon afterwards he was appointed Attorney-General in Sir Gordon Sprigg's third government. However, in June 1898 a vote of no confidence was passed in the government, which resigned.
Two years later, Sprigg was back in government, with Graham as Colonial Secretary. In 1902 he became Attorney-General again and from June to August he acted as Prime Minister while Sprigg attended the Coronation of King Edward VII in London.
In 1904 Sprigg's government fell again and Graham was appointed a judge. In 1913 he was appointed Judge-President of the Eastern Districts Local Division of the Supreme Court of South Africa, with his seat in his hometown. He held this post until his retirement in 1937.
|Full name||Thomas Lynedoch Graham|
|Country (sports)||South Africa|
Grand Prix career finalsEdit
|No.||Date.||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|1.||3 September 1882||Oxford and Cambridge Challenge Cup||Robert Braddell||6–3, 6–1|
- Obituary, The Times, 8 May 1940