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Collection Number: 04998

Collection Title: Alexander H. Graham Papers (#4998) 1879-1939

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Size About 150 items (0.5 linear feet)
Abstract Alexander H. Graham of Hillsborough, N.C., began his public career in the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1921, becoming speaker in 1929. He chaired the committee that hired Frank Porter Graham as president of the University of North Carolina in 1930. He was lieutenant governor, 1933-1937, and head of the State Highway and Public Works Commission, 1945-1949 and 1953-1957. The collection includes correspondence and related papers, 1920-1939, of Alexander H. Graham and ledgers, 1879-1912, of his father, John Washington Graham. Correspondence, 1920-1939, is chiefly between Alexander H. Graham and relatives in Raleigh, N.C., focusing on taxes, property, and finances. Graham's interest in roads can be seen in his efforts to develop the streets around property held by his sister-in-law. Correspondence, February 1930-May 1930, relates to Graham's activities as chair of the committee that hired Frank Porter Graham as president of University of North Carolina in 1930. Correspondence, 1928-1930, concerns North Carolina political campaigns. There are also constituent letters from Graham's tenure in the North Carolina House of Representatives and a signed affidavit from Graham's swearing in as executive counsel. One ledger contains two accounts for which Graham's father, John Washington Graham, was trustee: the Sinking Fund of the North Carolina Railroad Company, 1879-1889; and an account relating to John Washington Graham's first wife, Rebecca Beneham Cameron Anderson Graham, and to the estate of her father, Paul C. Cameron, 1891-1910. The other ledger contains financial information for two accounts of John Washington Graham as guardian for his children, 1895-1912.
Creator Graham, Alexander H., 1890-1977.
Language English.
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from John P. Graham of Chapel Hill, N.C., in September 1999 (Acc. 98474).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Alexander H. Graham ("Sandy") was born in Hillsborough, N.C., the only child of the second marriage of his father, Major John Washington Graham, to Maggie Forrester Bailey. He had five older siblings (Paul Cameron, Isabella Davidson, William Alexander, Joseph, and Annie Cameron) from his father's first marriage to Rebecca Bennehan Cameron Anderson. Graham was married to Kathleen L. Long on 28 August 1917 and had two sons, A. H. (Sandy), Jr., and John W. Graham.

Alexander H. Graham's father was a five-time state senator. His grandfather, William Alexander Graham, had served as governor, United States senator, and secretary of the navy. His great-grandfather served in the Revolutionary War. Alexander H. Graham also distinguished himself in public life, serving as lieutenant governor of North Carolina, 1933-1937, among other positions and appointments. The following list outlines Graham's career:

1913 Received law degree from Harvard University
1917 Volunteered for Army
1919 Discharged from Army as a captain. Elected chair of Orange County Democratic Party
1921 Elected to North Carolina House of Representatives
1927 Chair of House Finance Committee
1929 Speaker of the House
1930 Chair of presidential search committee for University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
1931 Executive counsel
1933-1937 Lieutenant governor
1937 Placed third in Democratic Party primary for governor
1945-1949 Appointed head of State Highway and Public Works Commission
1953-1957 Appointed head of State Highway and Public Works Commission
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Correspondence and related papers. 1920-1939, of Alexander H. Graham and ledgers, 1879-1912, of his father, John Washington Graham. Correspondence, 1920-1939, is chiefly between Alexander H. Graham and his half-sister, Annie Graham Smallwood (Mrs. Robert F. Smallwood) of Raleigh, N.C., focusing on taxes, property, and finances. Graham's interest in roads can be seen in his efforts to develop the streets around her property. Correspondence, February 1930-May 1930, relates to Graham's activities as chair of the committee that hired Frank Porter Graham as president of the University of North Carolina in 1930. Correspondence, 1928-1930, concerns North Carolina political campaigns. There are also constituent letters from Graham's tenure in the North Carolina House of Representatives and a signed affidavit from Graham's swearing in as executive counsel.

One ledger contains two accounts for which Graham's father, John Washington Graham, was trustee: the Sinking Fund of the North Carolina Railroad Company, 1879-1889; and an account relating to John Washington Graham's first wife, Rebecca Beneham Cameron Anderson Graham, and to the estate of her father, Paul C. Cameron, 1891-1910. The other ledger contains financial information for two accounts of John Washington Graham as guardian for his children, 1895-1912.

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About 150 items (0.5 linear feet).

Correspondence and related papers, 1920-1939, of Alexander H. Graham and ledgers, 1879-1912, of his father, John Washington Graham.

Correspondence and Related Papers:

1920-1939. Letters chiefly between Alexander H. Graham and his half-sister, Annie Graham Smallwood (Mrs. Robert F. Smallwood), focus on taxes, property, and finances. Property taxes on land she owned off Oberlin and Peace streets in Raleigh, N.C., forced her to take out loans and sell parcels. Graham's interest in roads can be seen in his efforts to develop the streets around the property.

February 1930-May 1930. Correspondence documenting nominations, interviews, and decisions made by Graham as president of the search committee to hire the new president of the University of North Carolina. Of particular interest are positive and negative letters regarding the nomination of Frank Porter Graham and a telegram from him refusing to be considered for the presidency as late as May 1930. Frank Porter Graham was hired in 1930 as president.

1928-1930. Correspondence concerning North Carolina political campaigns. There are also constituent letters from Graham's tenure in the North Carolina House of Representatives and a signed affidavit from Graham's swearing in as executive counsel.

Ledgers:

Ledger, 1879-1910, One ledger, 170 p. Contains financial details from two separate accounts for which Graham's father, John Washington Graham, was trustee. The first concerns the Sinking Fund of the North Carolina Railroad Company, 1879-1889. It includes an 1879 judgment regarding the fund. The second account concerns the "Children of R. B. Graham" (Rebecca Beneham Cameron Anderson Graham), John Washington Graham's first wife, and the estate of her father, Paul C. Cameron, with transactions, 1891-1910.

Ledger, 1895-1912, 25 p. Contains financial information for two accounts of John Washington Graham as guardian for his children. The first involves William A. Graham, Joseph Graham, and Annie C. Graham and details transactions between 1895 and 1899. The second account is for Annie C. Graham, with transactions from 1895 to 1912. Enclosures are a bank deposit slip and tax receipts found in this ledger.

Folder 1

Correspondence, 1920-1939 #04998, Series: "Papers, 1879-1939." Folder 1

Folder 2

Correspondence, 1930 #04998, Series: "Papers, 1879-1939." Folder 2

Folder 3

Correspondence, 1928-1930 #04998, Series: "Papers, 1879-1939." Folder 3

Folder 4

Ledger, 1879-1910 #04998, Series: "Papers, 1879-1939." Folder 4

Folder 5

Ledger, 1895-1912 #04998, Series: "Papers, 1879-1939." Folder 5

Folder 6

Enclosures from ledger, 1895-1912 #04998, Series: "Papers, 1879-1939." Folder 6

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