John Lorimer Graham Papers mssGM

Gina C Giang
The Huntington Library
April 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108

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.

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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

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Box 4


Box 5

1843-1844 June

Box 6

1844 July-1846

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Box 8


Folder Oversize 1

Appointment of John Andrew Graham as Major to 4th Brigade of the Vermont Militia by Isaac Clark GM 69 1791 September 5

Folder Oversize 2

John Andrew Graham license to practice law in New York by DeWitt Clinton GM 77 1805 August 20

Folder Oversize 3

John Andrew Graham certificate as freeman and citizen of New York City GM 78 1808

Volume 1

Index of memorials, certificates, and correspondence of Malcolm Graham 1875 August