"Robert Graham, of Lucknow, is a native of the County Fermanagh, Ireland, where he was born August 11th, 1835. His father, Andrew Graham, was a farmer, and came to Canada in 1847, settling near Toronto, where he remained some seven years, removing thence to the Township of Ashfield. His son Robert learned the boot and shoe trade in early life, and has carried on that business for many years - Lucknow from 1864 to 1872 - though he is also a large property owner in town and country. In the last named year he commenced a general mercantile business in Lucknow, and by fair dealing and close attention to trade has been very successful in a worldly point of view, while his standing as a private gentleman is unexceptionable. He has been honoured by a Commission of the Peace, and has been prominently connected with public and educational matters in his adopted town. He is a leading member of the Orange Society, and a strong Conservative in politics; though where good to the general public is to be accomplished or where the misfortunes or necessities of those less favored appeal to his sympathy, he knows no country nor party nor creed, but only the commands ·enjoined by the higher attributes of our common humanity."
Belden 1880 Atlas of the County of Bruce