John H. Graham, of Brooklyn, was born in Belfast, Ireland,
April 1, 1835; three months later he came with his parents
to this country, settling in Brooklyn, where he has ever
since resided; was educated in the public schools of
Brooklyn and in his youth served an apprenticeship of five
years as a carpenter and builder.
In 1854 he entered the employ of a wholesale hardware house
in New York City; in the fall of 1861 recruited Company A,
Fifth Regiment Heavy Artillery, New York Volunteers, and
served three years as its Captain, and for gallant and
meritorious service at Harpers Ferry and in the Shenandoah
Valley, Virginia, was commissioned as Major and brevetted
After the war re-entered the wholesale hardware business, in
which he is still engaged as senior member of the firm of
John H. Graham & Co., New York City, and is also engaged in
he was selected by the Hardware Board of
Trade to represent their interests and was named as one of
the incorporators of the proposed World's Columbian
Exposition to be held in New York.
He was nominated in
1892 as a Presidential Elector by the New York State
Democratic Convention, but resigned on the supposition that
his position as Director of a national bank would render him
ineligible; was elected to the Fifty-third Congress as a
Congressional Directory by United States Congress. 1893.
The catalog presented here was made available by the
generosity of Mark Stansbury.
Mark designed and maintains several websites dedicated to
hand tools of 19th century. Here are a few links that will take
you to his sites: