He was born in Cobourg, Canada West in 1865, the son of William Hargraft. He was educated in Cobourg and at Trinity College School in Port Hope. In 1888, he married Anna Eva Boyes. Hargraft was a grain and coal merchant. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1891; his election was declared invalid after an appeal and he was defeated by George Guillet in the by-election that followed in 1892.
- Synopsis of federal political experience from the Library of Parliament
- The Canadian parliamentary companion, 1891 JA Gemmill
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