Guide to the Collection on Hiram P. Graham, 1854-1932

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Overview of the Collection

Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
(715) 836-2739

Reference Code: USGZE UHC320

Accession Number: 08-093

Collection Number: University Historical Collection 320

Creators: University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire McIntyre Library Special Collections & Archives

Title: Collection on Hiram P. Graham

Dates: 1854-1932

Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (3 folders)

Location of Collection: A10/3f

Languages: Collection materials are in English.

Summary: Correspondence, clippings, and a cemetery plot certificate pertaining to Hiram P. Graham, president of Phoenix Manufacturing Company, first mayor of Eau Claire, and postmaster general from 1888-1889. Includes an 1885 letter from Eau Claire citizens recommending him as postmaster general.

Biographical / Historical Note

Hiram P. Graham was born in Windham, NY on March 29, 1820.  He came to Eau Claire as an employee of the Eau Claire Lumber Company in 1856, and his family joined him shortly thereafter.   After four years with the Eau Claire Lumber Company, he bought a planing mill (Graham, White & Company), which eventually evolved into the Phoenix Manufacturing Company.  Graham served as president of both the Phoenix Manufacturing Company and the Dells Lumber Company.  Graham also held a number of positions in public service.  He was appointed county sheriff in 1862, and he served as postmaster general under President Cleveland from 1888 to 1889.   He was also a trustee of the village of Eau Claire and was later elected as the first mayor of Eau Claire.  He died on January 24, 1902.

Content Description 

This small collection includes newspaper clippings about Graham’s career, correspondence about Graham and by members of his family, and a cemetery plot certificate.  The most unique document in the collection is a copy of a letter of endorsement for Graham as postmaster general, signed by 25 Eau Claire citizens.

Administrative Information 

Acquisition Information: Donated to Special Collections & Archives prior to March 2006.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire.

Preferred Citation: Collection on Hiram P. Graham, 1854-1932. UHC320. Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library.  University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.

Processing Note: Processed by Colleen McFarland in June 2008.

Arrangement: Flat.

OCLC #: 233598136


Personal Names: Graham, Hiram P., 1820-1902