The history of The Graham Companies begins in the 1920's when Ernest ("Cap") Graham moved to South Florida to manage sugar cane operations for the Pennsylvania Sugar Company. However, in 1931 the company ceased operations in the area, and Ernest Graham acquired the land, livestock, and machinery of the company. In January of 1932, Graham and his wife Florence decided to open Graham Dairy Incorporated which eventually became one of the largest dairy farms in Florida, bottling and distributing its own milk as well as selling to distributors.
By the 1950's, residential development in the area reached the Graham family farms. Although many offers were received from outside developers, William A. Graham, one of Ernest's sons, thought it would be more beneficial for the family to develop the land themselves. A development company was established that would later grow into the present day Graham Companies.
Ernest Graham's three sons worked to establish a community dedicated to the blend of commercial, industrial, residential, and civic usage. Phil Graham, who served as publisher of The Washington Post, Bob Graham, former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator, and William Graham who would serve as the company's president, saw this vision fulfilled as Miami Lakes, a New Town, became a reality.
Today, The Graham Companies continues its family tradition of service, and remains dedicated to the ideals upon which it was first founded. From humble beginnings, The Graham Companies has become a diversified company, having interests in dairy, beef, and pecan orchard farming, as well as real estate developments encompassing apartment, office, industrial, retail, and hospitality holdings.