James Graham (North Carolina)

James Graham ( born January 7, 1793 Lincoln County, North Carolina; † September 25, 1851 in Rutherford County, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1833 and 1847 he represented several times the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Graham was the younger brother of William Alexander Graham (1804-1875), Governor of North Carolina and U.S. Senator was for this state. After a good primary education he studied until 1814 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a subsequent law degree in 1818 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began to work in Rutherford County in this profession. At the same time he embarked on a political career. He was an opponent of the later U.S. President Andrew Jackson. Between 1822 and 1829 he was several times as a delegate in the House of Representatives from North Carolina.

In the congressional elections of 1832 Graham was in the twelfth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Samuel Price Carson on March 4, 1833. After four elections he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1843 five legislative sessions. In 1836 he had to give up his office for a few months, because after an election contesting elections were due, which he also won. In the 1830s, Graham was a member of the Whig party. At the beginning of his time as a congressman was discussed there violently on the policies of President Jackson. This is discussed included the controversial implementation of the Indian Removal Act, which Nullifikationskrise with the State of South Carolina and banking policy of the President. From 1841 to 1843 Graham was chairman of the Committee for the administration of public buildings. In 1842, he was not confirmed.

Two years later he was elected in the second district of his state as the successor of Thomas Lanier Clingman again in Congress, where he could spend another term of between 4 March 1845 to 3 March 1847. This was marked by the events of the Mexican-American War. 1846 renounced James Graham on another candidacy. In the following years he worked at the Rutherford County in agriculture. He died on 25 September 1851.