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Maryland Manual, 1913-14
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SKETCHES OF STATE OFFICERS. 253

Secretary of State: ROBERT P. GRAHAM (Republican), of
Baltimore City.

Robert Patterson Graham, the Secretary of State, is of high
standing at the Baltimore bar, and has been for years a leader
in the councils of the Republican party. Mr. Graham comes
of Pennsylvania and Maryland ancestry, and his entire career
has been identified with the interests of his native State—the
old colony of the Calverts.

Samuel A. Graham, father of Robert Patterson Graham,
came in 1848 from Pennsylvania to Maryland and became a
member of the bar of this State. When the Civil War broke
out he was State's Attorney of Somerset county, but resigned
in order to enlist in the Union Army. He was a staunch Loyal-
ist, and was one of the few men who relinquished office to fight
for the Old Flag. He married Louisa Collier, a native of
Maryland.

Robert Patterson, son of Samuel A. and Louisa (Collier)
Graham, was born April 7, 1868, in Salisbury, Maryland, and
received his education under the guidance of private tutors.
His professional training was obtained in the Law School of
the University of Maryland, from which he graduated in 1888,
with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. In 1895, during the
Lowndes campaign, he was elected comptroller of the treas-
ury, in which office he was succeeded by Governor Goldsbor-
ough. In 1898 he was elected State Tax Commissioner, and
during his incumbency succeeded in collecting many back
dues, thus succeeded in securing for the State considerable
sums of money. He was succeeded in the office by Colonel
Buchanan Schley.

During the campaign of 1911, which witnessed the election
of Governor Goldsborough, Mr. Graham was among the fore-
most of those who labored for the restoration of the Republican
party. In January, 1912, he was appointed by Gover-
nor Goldsborough, Secretary of State.

Mr. Graham married in 1895 Caroline Riggs Dorsey, of
Baltimore, and they are the parents of four children: Mar-
garet Dorsey, born September 29, 1896; Eleanor Patterson,
born March 24, 1899; Alice Collier Graham, born December
29, 1906, and Robert P. Graham, Jr., born January 17, 1912.

 

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