Alan R. Graham
|Alan R. Graham
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick|
November 18, 1974 – October 19, 1998
|Preceded by||District created|
|Succeeded by||Shawn Graham|
June 20, 1942 |
Main River, New Brunswick
|Spouse(s)||1) Sharon Crothers
2) Constance Tramley
|Parents||Harrison M. Graham &
Nell H. Ross
|Residence||Richibucto, New Brunswick|
|Occupation||Farmer, businessman, politician|
Alan Graham, the longest serving consecutive term of anyone in the history of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick is a son of Harrison Michael Graham born June 20, 1901, Rexton, Kent County, died 1983 burial at Richibucto Protestant Cemetery. His spouse is noted as Nellie Harris Ross, born July 24, 1900 she died in 1958 and was a daughter of Matilda Graham born May 29, 1866, died 1940, and William J. Ross. This Matilda Graham was a daughter of John Graham born 1824, England and Matilda Fearon born 1829, Prince Edward Island and also noted on census reports to be of English origin.
A Liberal, supporter of the government of Louis Robichaud from 1967–1970 and then served in opposition for 17 years until the Liberals returned to government by winning every seat in the 1987 election. Graham served in the cabinets of Frank McKenna and Ray Frenette but resigned his seat in 1998 and in the subsequent Kent County by-election, the community continued to support the Graham family and his son Shawn Graham was elected as MLA in 1998 and would go on to become leader of the Liberals in 2002, and win the 2006 election.
Later political career
Graham was the Minister of Agriculture from 1987–1991, Minister of Natural Resources and Energy from 1991 to 1998 and served on Cabinet committees of Policy and Priorities, Board of Management, and Budget. From 1997-1998, he was Deputy Premier of New Brunswick. During his political career, Graham served on numerous Legislative Committees. While in opposition, he acted as critic for Agriculture, Natural Resources, Housing, Health, and Alcoholism and Drug Dependency. He was also Liberal Caucus Chairperson and Opposition House Leader. He was first appointed a member of the former Atomic Energy Control Board in 1999, and has since been reappointed a member of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. He has been a Trustee of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, a member of the Board of the Atlantic Salmon Federation and an Honorary President of the Atlantic Canada Woodworking Centre of Excellence.
- Nuclear Safety, Government of Canada, Profiles of Commission Members
- Government of New Brunswick Legislature, Past Sessions
- Kent County Gen Web Cemetery transcripts and other genealogical information.
- Automated Genealogy Census reports and other genealogical data
- Newspaper Transcripts by Daniel F. Johnson
- Irish Cultural Association of New Brunswick featuring the Descendants of John and Ann Graham of Main River.
- New Brunswick Irish Portal
- 1861 Census of Kent County, published by Provincial Archives of New Brunswick.
|Provincial Government of Ray Frenette|
|Cabinet Post (1)|
|Minister of Natural Resources
|Special Cabinet Responsibilities|
|Ray Frenette||Deputy Premier of New Brunswick
|Provincial Government of Frank McKenna|
|Cabinet Posts (2)|
|Morris V. Green||Minister of Natural Resources
|Malcolm MacLeod||Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development