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Memorable Manitobans: Herbert Walter Graham (1878-1938)

Lawyer, civil servant.

Born at Chattsworth, Ontario on 1 March 1878, son of Thomas Graham and Janet McBride, of Irish stock, his grandfather having come to Canada from the north of Ireland and settling in Leeds County, Ontario; afterwards moving to Grey County. His parents came to Manitoba in 1891. He was educated at Chattsworth, the Winnipeg Collegiate Institute, and Wesley College, graduating from the latter in 1902. Prior to completing college, he was taught school, serving as Principal of the Dominion City School for a year. After graduation, he worked in the editorial department of the Manitoba Free Press for four years.

He articled in law to Leach & Leach of Winnipeg and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1910. He practised in Winnipeg with the firms of Graham & Johnston and Graham & Radford. During the First World War, he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CASC) in 1917 and served overseas in France. He returned to Canada and was appointed Registrar at the Morden Land Titles Office in December 1919. He was a member of the Manitoba Law Association and the Morden Hospital Board. He was Past President of the GWVA (Morden Branch), President of the Manitoba Law Students’ Association (1909) and a member of the Masons. His recreations included curling and tennis.

He died at his home at Morden on 18 February 1938. He was buried in Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg.


The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 February 1938, page 18.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 October 2014

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