National Society of Colonial Dames of
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Portrait #1740
Subject/Title:
Graham, General Joseph
(1759-1836)
Artist:Attrib. to Wiseman
Date Created:unknown
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:33 x 27
Image Dimensions:26 1/2 x 21
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented:31 July 2008
Condition:Excellent to Good

Description:Ruddy face looking straight front; blue eyes, thin lips, white hair above high forehead; shoulders showing off dark suit, white stock tie.
History of Work:Portrait has been passed down through generations. It is also depicted in The North Carolina Portrait Index (1700-1860), which was compiled by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in North Carolina. Mrs. James O. Moore of Charlotte (mother of current owner) served on the Committee which selected the portraits to be illustrated and also considered questions of policy.
Notes:Joseph Graham was of Vesuvius Furnace, Lincoln County, North Carolina; a Major in the Revolution, Major-General in the War of 1812, he voted "yea" when North Carolina ratified the United States Constitution in Fayetteville in 1789.

"When Cornwallis passed through Charlotte village, Graham commanded a company of calvary. He was left for dead on the field with six saber cuts and three bullet wounds in his body. He lived to own the successful iron furnaces which the Grahams tended. He was named a Brigadier-General in 1814, to lead N.C. troops in the war against the Creek Indians." *

*Quotation was taken from Mrs. James O. Moore's autobiography: My Dross Consume, My Gold Refine (2000)

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