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William Johnson GRAHAM

(1872-1937)

GRAHAM, William Johnson, a Representative from Illinois; born near New Castle, Lawrence County, Pa., February 7, 1872; moved to Illinois with his parents, who settled near Aledo, Mercer County, in 1879; attended the public schools; was graduated from the law department of the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1893; was admitted to the bar in 1895 and commenced practice in Aledo, Ill.; prosecuting attorney of Mercer County 1901-1909; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1912; member of the State house of representatives in 1915 and 1916; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1917, to June 7, 1924, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (Sixty-sixth Congress); appointed by President Coolidge on May 29, 1924, as presiding judge of the United States Court of Customs Appeals, Washington, D.C., and served from June 8, 1924, until his death in Washington, D.C., November 10, 1937; remains were cremated and the ashes interred in Aledo Cemetery, Aledo, Ill.

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

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