Biography of W. J. Graham
Kern County, CA Biographies





W. J. GRAHAM, one of the active citizens of Kern County, was born in Calaveras County, this State, November 13, 1859, was educated at Santa Yneg, Santa Barbara County, and learned the blacksmith's trade, which he successfully followed at Bakersfield for several years. He was married April 11, 1878, to Miss Agnes, daughter of P. J. and M. A. Sullivan, who are amongst the earliest and respected pioneers of San Jose, Santa Clara County. In 1888 Mr. Graham was elected Sheriff of Kern County, on the Democratic ticket. His administration of the affairs of his office were eminently satisfactory, and he retired from its duties with an honorable official record. Michael Graham, father of ex Sheriff Graham, came to Kern County during the Clear creek gold excitement, about 1867. He was an old placer miner in Calaveras Comity, and spent a short time in Los Angeles prior to taking up his residence at Havilah. He was a native of Ireland, emigrated to America at about eighteen years of age and located in Rhode Island, where he entered merchandising on a modest scale, in the city of Providence. There he married his wiffi, Helena Hanna, also a native of Ireland. They had seven children, six of whom were born in this State, and all but one are living.

From:
Memorial and Biographical History
of the counties of
Fresno, Tulare and Kern,
California
The Lewis Publishing Company
Chicago 1891


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