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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
  • General

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: John Lorimer Graham papers
    Creator: Graham, John Lorimer, 1797-1876
    Identifier/Call Number: mssGM
    Physical Description: 9.30 Linear Feet (8 boxes, 3 folders, 1 volume)
    Date (inclusive): 1786-1875
    Abstract: John L. Graham was a lawyer and New York City civic leader. This collection consists of Graham's political, professional, and personal papers from 1786 to 1875.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. John Lorimer Graham papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Philip S. Graham, June 1958.

    Biographical / Historical

    John Lorimer Graham was a lawyer and New York City civic leader. He was son of John Andrew Graham, a successful criminal lawyer in New York. John Lorimer Graham was admitted to the New York Bar in 1821. From 1842 to 1845, he served as Postmaster of New York City, and in 1834 was appointed regent of the state university. In 1861 Graham received an appointment in the Treasury Department. He was a member of the American Bible Society, St. Andrew's Society, the New York Historical Society, and the Metropolitan Club. He also held various posts at the New York State Militia and was a member of the council of the University of the City of New York.

    Scope and Contents

    The John Lorimer Graham collection consists of Graham's political, professional, and personal papers from 1786 to 1875. The letters concern Graham's legal practice, business affairs, political career, and social life; government and politics of New York and New York City; religious life, banking, construction, and real estate in New York City. Included are letters relating to the case of Alexander Slidell MacKenzie, and orders and other documents of the New York state militia. Also included are a few items relating to John Andrew Graham, including a letter to him from Thomas Jefferson. Correspondents include: John Tyler, Ambrose Spencer, James Fenimore Cooper, Daniel Webster, Millard Fillmore, Martin Van Buren, Elisha Whittlesey, Charles Anderson Wickliffe, John C. Calhoun, Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, Hugh Swinton Legaré, Levi Woodbury, and John Adams Dix.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington staff, circa mid-20th century. In 2020, Gina C Giang created a finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.


    Arranged chronologically.


    Former call number: mssGM 1-560.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Civic leaders -- New York (State) -- New York -- Archives
    Lawyers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Archives
    Politicians -- New York (State) -- New York -- Archives
    New York (State) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
    New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
    United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 19th century
    Military records -- United States -- 19th century
    Personal papers -- New York (State) -- New York -- 19th century
    Professional papers -- New York (State) -- New York -- 19th century
    Calhoun, John C. (John Caldwell), 1782-1850 -- Correspondence
    Clay, Henry, 1777-1852 -- Correspondence
    Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851 -- Correspondence
    Dix, John A. (John Adams), 1798-1879 -- Correspondence
    Douglas, Stephen A. (Stephen Arnold), 1813-1861 -- Correspondence
    Fillmore, Millard, 1800-1874 -- Correspondence
    Graham, John A. (John Andrew), 1764-1841 -- Archives
    Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Correspondence
    Legaré, Hugh Swinton, 1797-1843 -- Correspondence
    Mackenzie, Alexander Slidell, 1803-1848
    Spencer, Ambrose, 1765-1848 -- Correspondence
    Tyler, John, 1790-1862 -- Correspondence
    Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862 -- Correspondence
    Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852 -- Correspondence
    Whittlesey, Elisha, 1783-1863 -- Correspondence
    Wickliffe, C. A. (Charles Anderson), 1788-1869 -- Correspondence
    Woodbury, Levi, 1789-1851 -- Correspondence
    New York (State). Militia -- History -- Sources