Robert D., University, from private to Captain of Infantry, C. S. A., occasionally acting Adjutant, and commanding Regiment; after the war finished his university course, and admitted to the bar.
George W., married Sally Shaver, University and M. D.; Augustus W., married Lucy Horner, University, an attorney.
Susan W. married Walter Clark, an attorney at Raleigh.
Wm. A. Graham, (born Sept. 5, 1804, died August 11, 1875). Of his father we have already given a faithful sketch, many of the Revolutionary incidents of which were obtained from his statement, when applying for a pension for his military services, which discloses his patriotic character. His mother was distinguished for her personal accomplishments and beauty*
He received his early education at the common schools of the county and commenced his classical education at Statesville, under charge of Rev. Dr. Muchat; here he was noted for his thirst for knowledge, and aptitude for learning. Such was his desire for books that one of his classmates at the time, says of him, "he was the only student I ever knew who would spend his Saturdays in reviewing his studies of the past week."
After careful preparation he was sent to the University, where he graduated in 1824. This was one of the largest and ablest classes ever sent forth by the University. It was one of which Professors Olmstead and Mitchell declared that "Yale might have been proud." Many of them afterward won high distinction in political and professional life--among these was John Bragg, Judge and a Member of Congress from Alabama; James W. Bryan, eminent as an advocate and statesman; Thomas Dews, of Lincoln, a son of genius and misfortune; Mathias E. Manly, Judge of Superior and Supreme Courts of North Carolina, (who divided with Governor Graham the highest honors of the class); A. D. Sims, member of Congress from South Carolina, 1845-48; and others. His collegiate career was marked by obedience to rules, and habits of diligent study.
He read law with Judge Ruffin
and was admitted to its practice in 1826. He selected Hillsboro as a residence
and here he came in competition with such legal athletes as Ruffin, Murphy,
Mangum, Nash, and Badger, all of whom attained positions as Judges. Against such
giants in the profession Mr. Graham had to contend, and such was his assiduity,
his high mental acquirements, his perseverence and labor, that he arose to the
front rank, and was retained in all the most important cases in this circuit.
For forty years he maintained this high position. As an equity lawyer he was
pre-eminent. In 1833-34-35 he was a member, from Hillsboro, of the House of
Commons, and from 1834 to 1840, elected from the County of Orange, and for the
two last years was elected Speaker. His labors were
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