William Graham was born in Saintford, County Down, the son of a farmer and horse dealer, and died in Dublin on 19 November 1911. Obtaining a scholarship at the Educational Institute, Dundalk, he entered Trinity College Dublin in 1860, from which he graduated in 1867, taking a scholarship in mathematics and mathematical physics. After graduating he worked for some years in Dublin as a private tutor, which allowed him to devote his time to the study of philosophy. In 1873 he moved to London, where he held a variety of different posts and, entering intellectual society, became familiar with Carlyle, Lecky, Froude and many other eminent figures. In 1882 he took up the Chair of Jurisprudence and political economy in Queen's College Belfast (although his duties allowed him still to reside for most of the year in London), a post he held until his retirement in 1909.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.