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James L. Graham Jr.

Diplomat/Collector

Centurion, 1859–1876

Full Name James Lorimer Graham Jr.

Born 21 January 1831 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 30 April 1876 in Florence, Italy

Buried Cimitero Accatolico, Florence, Toscana, Italy

Proposed by Joseph B. Varnum Jr.

Elected 1 October 1859 at age twenty-eight

Archivist’s Note: Nephew of John A. Graham; second cousin of Malcolm Graham. After his death, a series of memorial addresses delivered at the clubhouse on 17 January 1894 by Paul L. Ford, Richard H. Stoddard, Edmund C. Stedman, and James M. Varnum was published in book form (not yet reproduced on this website).

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And the open-hearted, open-handed Graham! How many among the children of song and the votaries of art were touched with passionate regret, to learn that that flowing source was still, of help to the striving, praise to the deserving—that the welcoming house in the beautiful city is dark, and the kindly friend, absent so long, shall be seen among us no more!

Augustus R. Macdonough
1877 Century Association Reports