Thomas Graham (barrister)

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Sir Thomas Lyndeoch Graham
Prime Minister of Cape Colony
In office
June – August 1902
Monarch Edward VII
Governor Walter Hely-Hutchinson
Preceded by Gordon Sprigg
Succeeded by Gordon Sprigg
Colonial Secretary of Cape Colony
In office
Attorney-General of Cape Colony
In office
January – June 1898
Prime Minister Gordon Sprigg
Parliament of Cape Colony
In office
Judge President of the Eastern Districts Local Division of the Supreme Court of South Africa
In office
Personal details
Born 1860
Grahamstown, Cape Colony, South Africa
Died 8 May 1940 (aged 80)
Cape Colony
Nationality British, South African
Political party Progressive
Alma mater St. Andrew's College
Clare College, Cambridge
Occupation tennis player
Profession lawyer, judge

Sir Thomas Lynedoch Graham KC (1860–May 1940) was a South African judge and politician.

Graham was born in Grahamstown, Cape Colony, which had been founded by his ancestor, Colonel John Graham, in 1812. He was educated at St Andrew's College, Grahamstown and Clare College, Cambridge and was called to the bar by the Inner Temple in 1885.[1]

Returning to South Africa, he became an advocate of the Supreme Court of Cape Colony. In 1891 he won the South African Doubles Lawn Tennis Championship. In 1898 he took silk and was elected to the Cape Colony Legislative Council, the Upper House of the Parliament of Cape Colony. Soon afterwards he was appointed Attorney-General in Sir Gordon Sprigg's third government. However, in June 1898 a vote of no confidence was passed in the government, which resigned.

Two years later, Sprigg was back in government, with Graham as Colonial Secretary. In 1902 he became Attorney-General again and from June to August he acted as Prime Minister while Sprigg attended the Coronation of King Edward VII in London.

In 1904 Sprigg's government fell again and Graham was appointed a judge. In 1913 he was appointed Judge-President of the Eastern Districts Local Division of the Supreme Court of South Africa, with his seat in his hometown. He held this post until his retirement in 1937.

He was knighted in the 1920 New Year Honours.[2]

Thomas Graham
Full name Thomas Lynedoch Graham
Country (sports) South Africa South Africa
Turned pro 1882
Retired 1891
Career record 1-0
Career titles 1
Career record 0-1
Career titles 1

Grand Prix career finals[edit]

Singles (1)[edit]

No. Date. Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
1. 3 September 1882 Oxford and Cambridge Challenge Cup England Robert Braddell 6-3, 6-1


  1. ^ "Graham, Thomas Lynedoch (GRHN879TL)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ "Colonial Office List", The Times, 1 January 1920