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GRAHAM, John, clergyman, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1694; died in Woodbury, Connecticut, in December, 1774. He was a descendant of one of the marquises of Montrose. He was educated at Glasgow, and studied medicine. Coming to this country with emigrants from Londonderry in 1718, he first resided at Exeter, New Hampshire, but afterward studied theology, and was ordained as the first clergyman of Stafford, Connecticut, in 1723. He obtained his dismissal in 1731 on the ground of insufficient support, and in 1733 he was called to the 2d Church of Southbury, then Woodbury, where he spent over forty years. During the great New England revival of 1740 he was especially active. Mr. Graham was the author of "A Ballad against the Church of England in Connecticut" (1832), a "Tract " on the same subject, and "A Rejoinder to Johnson's Answer." (See Chandler's "Life of Samuel Johnson.")--His son, Andrew, physician, died in 1785, was a patriot of the Revolution, and represented Woodbury, Connecticut, for many years in the legislature. In the battle of Danbury he acted as regimental surgeon, and in the engagement at White Plains, New York, was taken prisoner and was not released until the surrender of General Cornwallis. • --Andrew's son, John Andrew, advocate, born in Southbury, Connecticut, 10 June, 1764; died in New York City, 29 August, 1841, was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1785, and at once removed to Rutland, Vermont He subsequently went on an unsuccessful mission to England to obtain the consecration of Bishop Peters from the English bishops, and on a second visit to Europe in 1796 he received the degree of LL. D. from the University of Aberdeen. After 1805 he resided constantly in New York City, and became well known as an able criminal lawyer. He published "A Descriptive Sketch of the Present State of Vermont" (London, 1797) ; a volume of speeches (1812); and " Memoirs of John Horne Tooke ; also, Proofs Identifying him as the Author of Junius" (New York, 1828).--John Hodges, naval officer, son of John Andrew, born in Vermont, 9 March, 1794; died in Newbury. New Hampshire, 15 March, 1878, entered the navy as midshipman, 18 June, 1812, was promoted to be lieutenant, 5 March, 1817, and captain, 7 March, 1849. He was placed on the reserved list in 1855, and made commodore on the retired list, 4 April, 1867. He served in the war of 1812, and, while a midshipman under Commander Chauncey on Lake Ontario, was one of twelve officers who took part in an expedition against the British stronghold opposite Black Rock, New York Nine of the party were killed or severely wounded. Among the latter was young Graham, who subsequently was compelled to submit to the amputation of a leg. In the engagement on Lake Champlain, 11 September, 1814, he had command of Commander McDonough's flag-ship. After the declaration of peace, Commander Graham was engaged in shore duty.--John Lorimer, lawyer, another son of John Andrew, born in London, England. 20 March, 1797; died in Flushing, New York, 22 July, 1876, was admitted to the New York bar in 1821, and soon acquired a large practice. In 1834 he was appointed regent of the state University, and from 1840 till 1844 was postmaster of New York City. He occupied important offices in the state militia, and in 1861 received an appointment in the treasury department at Washington. He was elected to the council of the University of the City of New York, in which institution he founded a free scholarship.
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