William Harrison Graham

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William Harrison Graham (August 3, 1844 – March 2, 1923) was a U.S. Representative from the state of Pennsylvania.

William H. Graham
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 29th district
In office
March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1911
Preceded byGeorge Shiras III
Succeeded byStephen G. Porter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 23rd district
In office
November 29, 1898 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byWilliam A. Stone
Succeeded byAllen Foster Cooper
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
1875–1878
Personal details
Born(1844-08-03)August 3, 1844
Allegheny, Pennsylvania
DiedMarch 2, 1923(1923-03-02) (aged 78)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Political partyRepublican
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

BiographyEdit

William H. Graham was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania (now part of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). During the American Civil War, he enlisted on April 5, 1861, in the Second Regiment of the Virginia Infantry of the Union Army. After a service of two years, the unit was mounted and became the Fifth Regiment of West Virginia Cavalry. He was mustered out June 14, 1864. He engaged in the leather business in Allegheny. He served as a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from 1875 to 1878, and as Recorder of deeds of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, from 1882 to 1891. He was also engaged in banking.

Graham was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William A. Stone. He was reelected to the Fifty-sixth and Fifty-seventh Congresses. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1902. He was again elected to the Fifty-ninth, Sixtieth, and Sixty-first Congresses. He served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Ventilation and Acoustics during the Sixtieth Congress, and of the United States House Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Agriculture during the Sixty-first Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate in the Republican primaries for renomination. After his time in Congress, he served as a member of the Allegheny County Board of Viewers from 1911 to 1923. He died in Pittsburgh in 1923 and was interred in Highwood Cemetery.

ReferencesEdit

  • United States Congress. "William Harrison Graham (id: G000363)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-02-14
  • The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William A. Stone
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 23rd congressional district

1898–1903
Succeeded by
Allen F. Cooper
Preceded by
George Shiras III
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 29th congressional district

1905–1911
Succeeded by
Stephen G. Porter