James Sully was born in Bridgwater, Somerset on 3 March 1842 and died in Richmond, Surrey on 1 November 1923. The eldest son of a liberal Baptist merchant and shipowner, he received his early education in a series of private schools, the last of which was the Taunton Independent College. At the age of seventeen, Sully left school to work in his father's business. Four years later, deciding against a career in business, he enrolled at Regent's Park Baptist College in London with a view to becoming a Baptist minister. Upon receipt of the BA in 1866, he travelled to Goettingen in Germany to continue his studies. There he attended the lectures of Rudolph Hermann Lotze and read philosophy in preparation for MA examinations at the University of London. These he passed in 1868, receiving a Gold Medal in philosophy.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.