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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 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, daughter of James Holmes of Montreal.

He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1888 and commenced a law practice with Alexander D. 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 H. Graham. His other son, George M. Graham, was also a lawyer.

He died at his Winnipeg residence (91 Kingsway Avenue) on 25 March 1925 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


“Prominent City Barrister Dies” Newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

Page revised: 15 March 2009

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