Robert Patterson Graham (1868-1921)
MSA SC 3520-1570
Born in Salisbury, Wicomico County, April 7, 1868. Son of Samuel A. Graham and Louisa (Collier) Graham. Attended Salisbury schools; The Johns Hopkins University; University of Maryland Law School, LL.B., 1888. Married Caroline Riggs Dorsey of Baltimore in 1895; three daughters: Margaret Dorsey (b. 1896), Eleanor Patterson (b. 1899), and Alice Collier (b. 1906); one son: Robert P. Graham, Jr. (b. 1912). Presbyterian. Resided in Roland Park, Baltimore. Died September 21, 1921. Buried in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore.
Private law practice, Salisbury. Candidate for mayor of Salisbury, 1893. Nominated by the Wicomico convention for state's attorney, 1895. Comptroller of the Treasury, 1896-98. Delegate-at-large, Republican National Convention, 1896. State Tax Commissioner, 1898-1902. Appointed secretary of state by Governor Phillips Lee Goldsborough, 1912-16. Graham's political goals included improving roads, revising the tax system, and making all election laws uniform. His hobbies included reading, water sports, and caring for his horses. He was a member of several fraternal and social organizations.
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