James R Graham

James R Graham

Bolivar, Jefferson County, West Virginia, USA
Death 3 Mar 1918 (aged 72)
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 124719235 · View Source
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From "Hartford in 1912: Story of the Capitol City, Present and Prospective", pp. 31-32


"He was born in the grand old state of Virginia, in the historic town of Harper's Ferry, on the banks of the Potomac, in the town made famous by the John Brown raid. He was one of twelve children; his father was a blacksmith and he had to go to work at an early age- he commenced to earn his own living at the age of eight years and from that time to the present every dollar he ever got he earned by honest toil.

Upon the breaking out of the war in 1861, he left his paternal home and went to Springfield, Mass., and engaged in the manufacture of arms for the government. After working there for a short time he went to work for the Trenton Arms Co., at Trenton, N. J. and in 1863 he left there to come to Norwich, Conn., to take a contract with the Norwich Arms Co., and remained there till the close of the war when he went to Boston, Mass., to take up the trade of machinist.

In 1871 he returned to the U. S. Armory at Springfield, Mass., to engage at his old trade of gun making. After being there about six months he was appointed an inspector of small arms for the Imperial Ottoman Government and ordered to report to the Providence Tool Co., at Providence, R. I., they having the contract from the Turkish government for one-million stand of arms. He remained there until 1879 when he came to Hartford and was employed by the Colt's Fire Arms Mfg. Co, until 1891, when he was appointed deputy sheriff by Miles B. Preston, who was then sheriff. This office he filled with credit to himself and the public at large. After retiring from the office of deputy sheriff he was elected constable of the town of Hartford and has held that office ever since. He has the confidence of the legal fraternity throughout the entire County, more especially those residing and doing business in Hartford.

He has always been a Democrat. In 1910 the Democratic Party honored him with the unanimous nomination for the office for the Sheriff of the County. He accepted the same in the face of over 5,900 Republican plurality against him. And when the returns were received he had reduced that plurality to less than 1,400, a record that he has always been proud of.

He is honest, natural, frank, incorruptible, clean in mind and clean in speech, ever ready to say "I do not know," if so it be; ready to meet all men on an absolute equality, unafraid and unabashed, and it appears to be the desire of his life, etched into his character by hardship and much suffering, to let others live their lives too, up to the fullest highest and best.

Fraternally, he has a membership in the Masons and Odd Fellows. Practically everybody in Hartford County of long residence knows "Jim" Graham, as he is affectionately called."

1901, August 13. Spirit of Jefferson, P3c4.

News. From Harpers Ferry Sentinel. James R. Graham Hartford Ct Formerly Harpers Ferry Visiting Harpers Ferry. Erected Monument To Family Harpers Ferry Cemetery. Contributed Liberally To Cemetery Fence Fund.


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