Biography of Robert Graham
Lawrence County, PA Biographies

ROBERT GRAHAM, whose lamented death took place March 10, 1908, was a leading citizen and representative man of Mahoning Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. He was born in Scotland, in November, 1840, and was a son of Robert and Jane Graham.

The parents of Mr. Graham came from Scotland to America and were early settlers in Mahoning County, Ohio, on a farm near Lowellville. The father died there, but the mother survived for some years, later passing away in Mahoning Township, Lawrence County.

The late Robert Graham was eight years old when the family came to the United States. He had but few educational opportunities in his boyhood, but he possessed a native intelligence that caused his development into a man of general information and excellent business ability. He engaged in farming and stockraising and also in the limestone industry for some years, meeting with ample financial success in all his enterprises.

Mr. Graham married Elizabeth Robinson, who was born in Mahoning Township, Lawrence County, and is a daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (McWilliams) Robinson, both natives of Lawrence County. Of the children born to Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, four survive, namely: Leander D., of Mahoning County, Ohio; James A., of Struthers, Ohio; Hannah, widow of William Hughes, residing at New Castle; and Mrs. Graham. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Graham were: William R., who is at present prosecuting attorney of Mahoning County, Ohio; Samuel R., who resides in Mahoning Township, Lawrence County; Henry H., who lives at East Liverpool, Ohio; James A., who resides in Mahoning Township; Walter C., who also resides in Mahoning Township; Ella F., who is the wife of Calvin Beeder, of Kittanning, Pa.; and Jennie E., who is the wife of Elmer Myers, of Mahoningtown.

The late Robert Graham was a man who ever took pleasure in the advancement of his locality and was especially interested in having good schools, consenting frequently to serve on the township School Board. He settled on the present farm of his widow several years after his marriage, and continued to reside here until his death. Mr. Graham is a member of the United Presbyterian Church and he was a liberal supporter of the same. In politics he was a Republican. In his younger years he was an active member of the Masonic lodge at Youngstown. He was a good neighbor, a kind husband and father and is remembered by the community with feelings of respect and esteem.

20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908

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