John H. Graham & Co. - New York, NY

  John H. Graham & Co. Hardware Manufacturer Catalog, 1891    

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 Lieutenant-Colonel.

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 manufacturing.

In 1889 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 Democrat."

Official Congressional Directory by United States Congress. 1893.

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