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Memorable Manitobans: John Graham (1848-1925)


Born at South Mountain, Ontario on 25 December 1848, son of William John Graham, he was educated at the high school in Iroquois, Ontario. He later attended McGill University where he graduated with a BA degree in 1876, attaining the Shakespeare gold medal. For three years he was principal of the high schools at Alexandria and Williamstown. He came to Winnipeg in 1881 with his wife Florence G. Holmes (1850-1928), daughter of James Holmes of Montreal. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1888 and commenced a law practice with Alexander Dawson and S. E. Biggs. Biggs later left the partnership and Dawson was given a judgeship, and Graham continued the practice with his son, John Holmes Graham (1883-1970). His other son, George M. Graham (?-1963), was also a lawyer. He died at his Winnipeg residence, 91 Kingsway Avenue, on 25 March 1925 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Graham House (91 Kingsway, Winnipeg)


“Prominent city barrister dies,” newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [John Holmes Graham], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 December 1970, page 27.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 November 2019

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