Submitted by Kenneth Graham Petrie.

     Corporal William H. Graham was my great-granduncle. One of his nieces was my father's mother, Elizabeth Graham Petrie. After the war "Uncle Will" prospered in business in Pittsburgh. As noted in the history, he was active in politics. Eventually he served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

     When he passsed away in, I believe, 1923, he was the last survivor of those men who had actually been inside the McLean house and witnessed Lee's surrender.

     We have an old family album that contains pictures of Uncle Will and Aunt Sadie. I also have a campaign CDV from one of his later campaigns for re-election; it bears studio portraits of Will both as a congressman and a very young-looking soldier (he was just sixteen when he enlisted, having lied about his age). Sadly, nothing else has survived from the war years.

     My dad was just a boy when Uncle Will died. Dad remembered him being laid out in his GAR uniform. I imagine that his West Virginia veteran's badge was probably buried with him.


GRAHAM, William Harrison, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Allegheny (now part of Pittsburgh), Pa., August 3, 1844; attended the public schools; during the Civil War enlisted on April 5, 1861, in the Second Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Union Army), which, after a service of two years, was mounted and became the Fifth Regiment, West Virginia Cavalry; mustered out June 14, 1864; engaged in the leather business in Allegheny, Pa.; member of the State house of representatives 1875-1878; recorder of deeds of Allegheny County 1882-1891; engaged in banking; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William A. Stone; reelected to the Fifty-sixth and Fifty-seventh Congresses and served from November 29, 1898, to March 3, 1903; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1902 to the Fifty-eighth Congress; elected to the Fifty-ninth, Sixtieth, and Sixty-first Congresses (March 4, 1905-March 3, 1911); chairman, Committee on Ventilation and Acoustics (Sixtieth Congress), Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Agriculture (Sixty-first Congress); unsuccessful candidate in the Republican primaries for renomination; member of the Allegheny County Board of Viewers 1911-1923; died in Pittsburgh, Pa., March 2, 1923; interment in Highwood Cemetery.

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