Graham, W. A. (William Alexander), 1875-1954

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From the guide to the Charles Kuhlman collection on the Battle of the Little Big Horn, 1933-1959, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

United States army officer; historian of the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

From the description of Map of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, [19--?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84553000

From the description of Map of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, [19--?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702150384

W. A. Graham (1875-1954) was an American lawyer, army officer, and writer.

William Alexander Graham was born January 23, 1875. He studied at Beloit College Academy from 1891 to 1894, at Stanford University from 1894 to 1896, and at the University of Iowa in 1897. He passed the Iowa Bar that year and practiced law in Iowa until 1916. He began his military service in 1912 when he served as a captain in the National Guard. He became a Major in the Judge Advocate's Department for the United States Army in 1920. He became a colonel in 1931 and retired from the U.S. Army in 1939. During his service at the Mexican border (1916-1917) he received the Mexican Border Service Medal, Victory Medal with Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector bars. In addition to being in the military, the colonel was also an author. Some of his works include "The Story of Little Big Horn" (1926), "The Custer Myth" (1953), and "Abstract of the Reno Court of Inquiry" (1954). He died October 8, 1954 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1921 Colonel Graham researched habeas corpus proceedings concerning prisoners held by general courts-martial. He looked into the practice starting with the American Revolution period, starting with the case of John André in 1780 until the 1920s and was given access to all related documents.

From the guide to the W. A. Graham research, circa 1778-1921, 1934, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Horner, Jacob, 1854-1951. Interview with Jacob Horner of Bismarck, N. Dak., one of Custer's men in 1876 / questions asked by Col. W.A. Graham at home of E.A. Brininstool, Hollywood, Calif. University of California, Davis, Shields Library
creatorOf Graham, W. A. (William Alexander), 1875-1954. Map of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, [19--?]. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Kuhlman, Charles, 1878-1959. Charles Kuhlman collection on the Battle of the Little Big Horn, 1933-1959. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Graham, W. A. (William Alexander), 1875-1954. Map of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, [19--?]. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Breihan, Carl W., 1915-. George A. Custer collection, 1864, 2003. Clarke Historical Library
creatorOf W. A. Graham research, circa 1778-1921, 1934 L. Tom Perry Special Collections19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
referencedIn Ghent, William J. (William James), 1866-1942. Papers of William J. Ghent, 1876-1942. Library of Congress
creatorOf Graham, W. A. (William Alexander), 1875-1954. The story of Trumpeter John Martin. He carried Custer's last message to Benteen in the Battle of the Little Big Horn, and was the last man to see General Custer alive, June 25, 1876 /by Lieut. Col. W. W. Graham, J.A., U.S.A., 1922 June 12. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn William J. Ghent Papers, 1876-1942, (bulk 1902-1942) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Graham, W. A. (William Alexander), 1875-1954,. W. A. Graham research. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Charles Kuhlman collection on the Battle of the Little Big Horn, 1933-1959 L. Tom Perry Special Collections20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
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associatedWith André, John, 1751-1780. person
associatedWith Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801. person
associatedWith Bates, Charles Francis, b. 1862 person
associatedWith Brininstool, E. A. (Earl Alonzo), 1870-1957 person
associatedWith Custer, George A. (George Armstrong), 1839-1876 person
associatedWith Dustin, Fred, 1866- person
associatedWith Ellison, Robert Spurrier person
associatedWith Falconer, W. A. person
associatedWith Frost, Lawrence A. person
associatedWith Ghent, William J. (William James), 1866-1942. person
associatedWith Horner, Jacob, 1854-1951. person
associatedWith Hutchins, James S. person
associatedWith Kuhlman, Charles, 1878-1959. person
associatedWith Luce, Edward S. (Edward Smith) person
associatedWith Martin, John, 1851-1922. person
associatedWith Nye, Elwood L. person
associatedWith Shick, Hugh person
associatedWith Stackpole, Edward J. (Edward James), 1894- person
associatedWith United States. Army. Infantry corporateBody
associatedWith Utley, Robert Marshall, 1929- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
United States
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument (Mont.)
Subject
Civil Procedure and Courts
Civil rights
Courts-martial and courts of inquiry
Courts-martial and courts of inquiry
Government, Law and Politics
Habeas corpus
Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876
Little Bighorn, Battle of the, Mont., 1876
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Collector
Soldiers
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Birth 1875-01-23

Death 1954-10-08

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