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Memorable Manitobans: William Creighton Graham (1887-1955)


Born at St. Mary’s, Ontario in 1887, at the age of 7 he moved to Toronto with his parents where, in 1914, he received Master of Arts and Bachelor of Divinity degrees. The next year, he became Master of Sacred Theology at Harvard then went overseas as a Chaplain with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, serving for a time with the Fort Garry Horse. After the First World War, he became Professor of Old Testament Languages and Literature, and Registrar of Wesleyan Theological College at Montreal. In 1924, he began work on a PhD at the University of Chicago where, from 1926 to 1938, he was Professor of Old Testament Languages and Literature. In 1938, he moved to Winnipeg from Chicago to become Principal of United College, serving in the post until retirement in December 1954. He was the founding Chair of the Historic Sites Advisory Board of Manitoba, in 1946. He died at Newmarket, Ontario on 31 July 1955 and is commemorated by Graham Hall at the University of Winnipeg.

Father of W. Roger Graham.


“United College Principal retiring; name successor,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 December 1954, page 1.

“William Creighton Graham,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 December 1954, page 21.

“Churchman will place cornerstone,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 March 1962, page 7.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 October 2013

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