James McMahon GRAHAM, Congress, IL (1852-1945)

GRAHAM James McMahon , a Representative from Illinois, born in Castleblayney, County Monaghan, Ireland, April 14, 1852; immigrated to the United States and settled in Sangamon County, Ill., 1868; attended the University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.; attended Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.; teacher; lawyer, private practice; member of the Illinois state house of representatives, 1885-1886; prosecuting attorney for Sangamon County, Ill., 1892-1896; member of the board of education of Springfield, Ill., 1891-1894; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first and to the two succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1909-March 3, 1915); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Interior (Sixty-second and Sixty-third Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Sixty-fourth Congress in 1914; member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, 1916-1928; member of the board of directors of Lincoln Library, 1936-1945; died on October 23, 1945, in Springfield, Ill.; interment in Calvary Cemetery, Springfield, Ill.

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

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