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Source:
History of Greene County, Ohio,
its people, industries & institutions
by Hon. M. A. Broadstone, Editor in Chief -
Vol. I. & II.
Publ. B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc.,
 Indianapolis, Ind.
1918
 

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George J. Graham
PROF. GEORGE J. GRAHAM.   There are few men in Ohio who have held a longer connection with the schools of this state than has Prof. George J. Graham, who for more than twenty-five and one-half years was principal of the Xenia high school and later superintendent of the Xenia city schools, a position he occupied for more than four and one-half years, or until his resignation to accept his present position as a traveling salesman for the George Dodds & Sons Granite Company.  For seven years prior to his entrance upon the duties of principal of the high school at Zenia Professor Graham had occupied the dual position of superintendent of schools and principal of the high school at Waynesville, in the neighboring county of Warren, and prior to that period of service had been for years engaged as a teacher at other points, so that when he resigned his position as superintendent of schools at Xenia in the summer of 1916 he had rendered a service of thirty years in behalf of the Xenia schools and had been actively and continuously engaged in school work for fifty years, a period of service equalled by few, if any, of the educators in the state of Ohio.  Professor Graham successfully passed the examination for license to teach school when he was sixteen years of age, began teaching when he was nineteen and in 1886 received a life license as a high-school teacher.  He is a member of the Ohio State Teachers Association, the Western Ohio Superintendents Round Table, the Central Ohio Teachers Association, the Miami Valley Schoolmasters Club and of the department of superintendents of the National Educational Association, and there are few educators in the state who have a wider acquaintance than he.
     George J. Graham is a native son of Ohio and has resided in this state all his life save for a few years during the days of his young manhood when he was engaged in teaching in Illinois.  He was born on a farm in the vicinity of Plymouth (now known as Bartlett), in Washington county, Nov. 7, 1847, son of Wilson and Sarah (Dickson) Graham, natives of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, who were married in that county and in 1846 came over into Ohio and settled on a farm in the Plymouth (now Bartlett) neighborhood in Washington county, where they spent the remainder of their lives.  Professor Graham's grandparents on both sides lived and died in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, save grandmother Graham, who late in life made her home with her son Wilson and there spent her last days.  Wilson Graham and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal church and their children were reared in that faith.  There were five of these children, of whom the Professor was the third in order of birth, the others being Thomas, who died at the age of thirteen years; Dickson, a farmer, of Washington county, who died in 1914; Martha Ann, who married George Goddard and who, as well as her husband, is now deceased, and Margaret who married William Goddard, a brother of George, and is living at Belpre, in Washington county, this state.
     Reared on the home farm, George J. Graham received his early schooling in the neighborhood district school and supplemented the same by attendance at Bartlett Academy.  When sixteen years of age he received a certificate to teach school at Marietta, Ohio, but did not begin teaching util he was nineteen, his first examination for license having been merely a tentative step taken to test his scholarship.  For two terms Professor Graham taught in his home district and then he went to Sangamon county, Illinois, where he engaged in teaching for four years in the fall and winters, spending the summers on the farm in Ohio, at the end of which time, on account of his father's failing health, he returned home and for two winters again had charge of the home school, and then for three years taught at Plymouth.  In 1877 Professor Graham married and later took a course in the National Normal University at Lebanon, this state, and was graduated from that institution in 1879.  Upon thus qualifying for high-school work the Professor was employed as principal of the high school and as superintendent of schools in the village of Waynesville, in Warren county, and he held that dual position for seven years, or until 1886 when he was engaged as principal of the Xenia high school and moved to that city, where he ever since has resided.  For twenty-five and one-half years Professor Graham continued to serve as principal of the high school at Xenia and he then was promoted to the position of superintendent of the city schools, a position he occupied for four years and six months, or until in August, 1916, when he resigned to accept the position he is now filling as a salesman for the George Dodds & Sons Granite Company at Xenia.  Professor Graham is a member of the Xenia Business Men's Association.
     On Dec. 26, 1877, Prof. J. Graham was united in marriage to Elizabeth Hosom, who also was born in Washington county, this state, daughter of Benjamin A. and Mary Ann (Becket) Hosom, the latter of whom was born in that same county and the former, in Morgan county, this state, and to this union three children have been born, namely:  Fern, wife of L. K. Sone, who is engaged in the real-estate business in New York City; Mabel, wife of Silas O. Hale, former county clerk and present deputy auditor of Greene county, and George I. Graham, proprietor of the Aldine Publishing House at Xenia.  Professor and Mrs. Graham reside at 131 West Church street.  They are members of the First Methodist Episcopal church and the Professor is a member of the board of stewards of the same.  He also is a member of the local lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio, Vol. II - publ. by  B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.,
1918 - Page 164

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