Memorable Manitobans: Herbert Clement Graham (1856-1934)
Farmer, MLA (1888-1892), MLA (1892-1895), MLA (1896-1899).
Born in Oxford County, Ontario on 27 February 1856, son of Allen E. Graham, he farmed in Oxford County and, later, in Kent County. He came to Manitoba in May 1877 and took up a farm twenty-five miles northwest of Winnipeg, which he operated for four years. At that time, he took up an 800-acre farm at the west end of the Brandon Hills which he operated until 1896 when he retired to Brandon. He owned and operated a retail lumber and coal business at Carroll and had real estate interests in Winnipeg, Brandon, and throughout the province.
In 1878, he married Annie Cunningham (1857-1927) of Kent County, Ontario. They had four children: John W. Graham (?-?), Allen Gordon Graham (1885-?), Cecelia Graham (1887-?), and Winnifred Graham (1890-?). He served on the council of the RM of Oakland from 1885 to 1888 then, in 1888, was elected to the Manitoba Legislature, defeating incumbent John Nesbitt Kirchhoffer. He was re-elected in 1892 and 1896.
He died at Victoria, British Columbia on 30 April 1934 and was buried in the Brandon Cemetery.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.
Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
“Last rites for H. C. Graham,” Brandon Sun, 4 May 1934, page 10.
Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.
We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 5 January 2021