Date of Award
Master of Arts
During the last quarter of the eighteenth century, the Reverend William Graham, a Presbyterian Minister, became noted as an educator and minister in Virginia. His dedicated teaching and deep concern for education insured the creation and preservation of Liberty Hall Academy during and after the Revolution; and his devout ministry resulted in revivals which strengthened Presbyterianism in Virginia.
In addition to teaching and preaching, William Graham was a lso interested in the political affairs of the time. He was vitally concerned with the establishment of representative democracy. He felt that through the constitutions and laws which were then being adopted and enacted, individuals must have certain rights guaranteed to them and be assured the greatest amount of personal freedom and justice. Because of his interest in others and his services as an educator, minister and public spirited citizen, William Graham was respected and honored and should be remembered for his contributions to society.
Gillespie, Robert Goggin, "Reverend William Graham, Presbyterian minister and rector of Liberty Hall Academy" (1970). Master's Theses. 304.