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Mayor George Alexander Graham

Portrait of Mayor George GrahamGeorge Alexander Graham, the oldest of six children, came to Fort William from St. Catherines in 1875. He formed a lumber company with his brother and two cousins and built kilns, a sawmill, and a planing mill. The company, Graham & Horne, shipped lumber across the Northwest, and eventually expanded westwards into Vermilion Bay and the Rainy River District.

Graham was also a significant figure in Fort William's real estate business. Some of the buildings that he constructed include a series of stores facing Union Station, the Graham and Horne Block, the Royal Bank building, the Royal Theatre, and the Traders Bank building.

In August 1905, Graham was elected to Council in a by-election after the resignation of Councillor William Newcombe. He was re-elected again the following year. He is said to have been a thoroughly competent Mayor and won his second term in office easily.

Born: May 17, 1857 in St. Catharines, Niagara Region, Ontario
Died: June 5, 1927 at the age of 70
Councillor: Neebing Councillor 1882-1885, Fort William Councillor 1905 (September - December), 1906, 1912 (January - June)
Councillor Candidate: Fort William Councillor candidate 1908
Mayor
: 1912 (June - December), 1913

 

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