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BIOGRAPHY: Malcolm Daniel Graham (July 6, 1827 – October 8, 1878)



(July 6, 1827– October 8, 1878)

Texas, Coosa, Autauga, Montgomery Counties, Alabama

(Excerpt from History of Coosa County: by the Rev. George Evans Brewer, 1887)

Another son of John G. Graham, who became even more distinguished than his brother, N. S., was Malcolm D., born in Autauga in 1826, but was principally raised in Coosa. He had his college course at Transylvania University. He entered the practice of law at Wetumpka in 1850. He was elected Clerk of the House over A. B. Clitherall in 1853.

He moved to Texas in 1854, and it was not long until he was in the Senate in that State. He was elected Attorney General in 1858. He was an elector on the Breckenridge ticket in 1860. He went to the army as colonel in 1861. In 1862 he was elected to the Confederate Congress. He could not practice law in Texas under Reconstruction without special pardon, so in 1866 he came to Montgomery, where he successfully practiced till his death.

He was a man whose appearance would command attention anywhere. He was honored and loved by all who knew him for his noble qualities of head and heart. He too was a Presbyterian.


(From Wikipedia) Malcolm Daniel Graham (July 6, 1827 – October 6, 1878) was a Confederate politician. He was born in Autauga County, Alabama and later moved to Texas. He served in the Texas State Senate in 1857 and as Attorney General from 1858 to 1860. He was a delegate to the Texas Secession Convention and was signer of the Ordinance of Secession. He represented the state in the First Confederate Congress from 1862 to 1864. He also served as a colonel in the Confederate Army. He was married to Sarah Cornelia Bethea. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama (Wikipedia)


(From Memorial Record of Alabama: A Concise Account of the State’s …, Volume 1, Brant & Fuller, 1893 )

The father of Mayor Edward Alfred Graham was the late Malcolm D. Graham, a member of the Confederate congress from Texas, and attorney-general of the state from 1859 to 1861. The father died in Montgomery, Ala., in October, 1878, aged fifty-two years

(From Report of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Alabama, Volume 64

By Alabama. Supreme Court



Ex-Governor THOS. H. WATTS presented to the Court, with appropriate remarks, the following resolutions, adopted at a meeting of the members of the Bar of Montgomery, and asked that they be spread on the minutes of the Court:

“MALCOLM D. GRAHAM, for many years a member of the Bar of Montgomery, departed this life on the 8th day of October, 1878, in the 52d year of his age. His surviving brethren, desirous of testifying to the rectitude of his life as a lawyer, citizen and patriot, and of expressing their unfeigned sorrow at his untimely decease, do resolve—

“ 1. That in his death the Bar of Montgomery has lost one of its most, brilliant and accomplished advocates, and each member of it has lost a personal friend.

“ 2. That the State of Alabama has just cause to mourn the loss of one of her purest patriots, wisest statesmen, and most devoted sons.

“ 3. That society has lost an ornament, oratory a model, and humanity a lover.

“ The Bar of Montgomery further resolve, that these resolutions be presented to the several courts, State and Federal, held in this city, by Ex-Governor WATTS, and that each of said courts be requested to enter them upon their minutes.

“ The Bar further resolve, that a copy of these resolutions be engrossed, and sent to the widow of their deceased brother, as an expression of their love and admiration for him, and their cordial sympathy with her in this, the greatest of earthly sorrows.”

The resolutions were ordered to be spread upon the minutes, as requested, and the court adjourned.


About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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