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John Graham

John Graham, American diplomat, government official. member Kentucky Legislature, 1800.


  • Graham, John was born in 1774 in Dumfries, Virginia, United States. Son of Richard and Jane (Brent) Graham.

  • Education

    • Graduate Columbia College, 1790.


    • Went to Kentucky, 1790. Member Kentucky Legislature, 1800. Attached to American embassy, Madrid, Spain, 1st as secretary of legation, later charge d’affaires, 1801-1803.

      Appointed secretary Territory of Orleans, 1804, investigated activities of Aaron Burr regarding his scheme to seize Western lands. Chief clerk unites states department of State, 1807-1817. United States secretary of state ad interim, 1817.

      Named minister plenipotentiary to Portugal, 1819.


    Member Kentucky Legislature, 1800.


    • Married Susan Hill.
    • father: Richard Graham
    • mother: Jane (Brent) Graham
    • spouse: Susan Hill.
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    Died August 6, 1820
    (aged 46)