James Graham 4th Duke of Montrose
Biography of James Graham 4th Duke of Montrose
James Graham, 4th Duke of Montrose (1799-1874) was a politician who succeeded his father James Graham, 3rd Duke of Montrose as the University's Chancellor and held the office from 1837 to 1874.
Graham was educated at Eton College and at Trinity College, Cambridge where he graduated MA in 1819. As Marquess of Graham, he represented Cambridge in Parliament from 1825 to 1832. He was created a Privy Councillor in 1821 and was a commissioner of the India Board from 1828 to 1830. He succeeded to the dukedom on his father's death in 1836.
Montrose held a number of public offices during his political career including those of Postmaster-General, Major-General of the Royal Archers and Lord Lieutenant of Stirlingshire. In 1868, he brought forward in the House of Lords the Electric Telegraphs Bill which resulted in the transfer of the business of British telegraph companies to the Post Office.
Montrose was the last of the four Dukes of Montrose who held the office of Chancellor in succession between 1714 and 1874.