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Hon. James Graham, a resident of Orange, with business connections principally in New Haven, is one of the best-known manufacturers and public men in the state. He was born in Albany, N.Y., January 23, 1831, and educated at the public schools. 

 He moved to Branford, Conn., in 1852, and was employed by the Squire & Parsons Lock Company for nearly ten years. In 1861 he started the business of a brass foundry in New Haven, and is now the senior member of the firm of James Graham & Co., carrying on an extensive business. He is also a director in the New Haven & West Haven Horse Railroad Company; president of the Bear Valley Irrigation Company, of Redlands, California; and a director in the West Haven Water Company. Mr. Graham is a thorough-going republican and has for many years been prominent in the councils of that party in the state. 

In 1878, 1885, and 1886 he represented the town of Orange in the Connecticut legislature, the last year serving as chairman of the committee on railroads on the part of the house. He was elected state senator from the seventh district for 1887-8 and again for 1889-90. His familiarity with railroad legislation naturally fitted him for the chairmanship of the railroad committee, in which position he served both terms, during sessions in which the struggle between the Consolidated road and the Housatonic system was at its fiercest. Mr. Graham is an example of persistent, energetic endeavor in all that he undertakes, and he has the universal esteem and respect of the people of the state.

SourceIllustrated Popular Biography of Connecticut - 1891 Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding Hartford Conn.  Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company 1891

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