William A. Graham (agriculture commissioner)

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William Alexander Graham
9th North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture
In office
1909 – December 1923
Preceded by Samuel L. Patterson
Succeeded by William A. Graham, Jr.
Member of the
North Carolina House of Representatives
In office
1905–1905
4th President pro tempore
of the North Carolina Senate
In office
1879–1880
Preceded by James L. Robinson
Succeeded by William T. Dortch
Member of the
North Carolina Senate
In office
1879–1880
Member of the
North Carolina Senate
In office
1874–1874
Personal details
Born December 26, 1839
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Died December 23, 1923
Raleigh, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Princeton College
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Battles/wars American Civil War

William Alexander Graham (December 26, 1839–December 23, 1923) was a North Carolina legislator and state Commissioner of Agriculture.

Graham was born on December 26, 1839[1] in Hillsborough, North Carolina to William Alexander Graham (1804–1875) and Susannah Sarah Washington. Graham was educated at private schools, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Princeton College. He served as an officer in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Graham became a farmer and led the North Carolina Farmers' Alliance. A Democrat, he was elected to represent Lincoln County in the North Carolina Senate in 1874 and 1879 and in the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1905. In 1879 to 1880, Graham served as President pro tempore of the North Carolina Senate. From 1899 to 1908, Graham was a member of the state Board of Agriculture.

In 1908, Graham was elected Commissioner of Agriculture. He was re-elected several times and served until his death in December 1923. His son, William Graham, Jr., succeeded him as Commissioner.

Graham died in Raleigh, North Carolina on December 23, 1923.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hamby, Robert Palmer (1982), Brief Baptist Biographies, 1707-1982:, Volume II, Greenville, S.C.: : A Press, p. 159 
Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel L. Patterson
9th North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture
1908 – 1923
Succeeded by
William A. Graham, Jr.
Preceded by
James L. Robinson
4th President pro tempore
of the North Carolina Senate

1879 – 1880
Succeeded by
William T. Dortch