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James GRAHAM

(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.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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