HENRY GRAHAM. - Labor is the common lot of man, and he who shirks his responsibility in this direction fails in reaching the success which is the goal of every individual. Sound judgment is also one of the requisite qualities, and with these two elements - which any may cultivate - a fair measure of prosperity may be attained. It was in this way that Mr. Graham provided for his family, during his residence in Springfield, covering sixteen years. He was a carpenter by trade and was identified with the building interests of this city for a considerable period, so that evidences of his handiwork are still seen in a number of the substantial buildings of the capital.
Mr. Graham was born in the nation's capital in 1831, a son of Guy Graham, who also lived in Washington, D.C., where he followed carpentering for a time but later was employed in the treasury building as a watchman. He made his home in Washington throughout his entire life and both he and his wife died there.
Henry Graham acquired a good education in the best schools of his native city and in his youth assisted his father in carpentering until he had learned the trade and had become a good workman. In 1861, however, he put aside all business and personal considerations and enlisted in the army, becoming a member of a company organized in Washington under the command of Captain Owens, with which he served for twelve months, when on the expiration of his term he received an honorable discharge. Ere joining the boys in blue he had married Miss Margaret Moore, of Washington, D.C., who was born in Ireland, where her parents died during her early girlhood. She afterward came to the United States with friends who settled in Washington and she has a sister who is still living there.
After his military service Mr. Graham rejoined his young wife in Washington, where he continued to work at carpentering until 1864, when he removed to Springfield, Illinois. Here he was identified with building interests until 1878, when failing health compelled him to retire from active labor, and he thus lived quietly until his death, on the 18th of November, 1880. Unto him and his wife had been born six children, but three of these have passed away - Mary, Bernice and Emerson. Henrietta is the widow of Americus D. Vest, who was a prominent engraver and business man of Springfield. He died here in December, 1899, and Mrs. Vest and her daughter Josephine reside with Mrs. Graham. Harry is a machinist in the employ of the Wabash Railroad Company at Springfield. Sherman Graham is in the printing and engraving department of the treasury of the United States in Washington, D.C., the department in which are printed all the money and postage and revenue stamps of the government.
Mr. Graham voted with the Democracy and kept well informed on the issues of the day. He also belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Honor of Springfield and he held membership in the Presbyterian church, to which his wife yet belongs. His life was upright, characterized by his Christian faith, and while he was entirely free form ostentation, his strong worth of character made him a man whom to know was to respect. His widow owns a beautiful home at No. 607 West Capitol avenue, where she is now living with her daughter and granddaughter.