Graf was the son of the economist and judge Johann Heinrich Graf and his wife Marie Wilhelmine nee Esau. He married Johanne Rosine Adolphine Armbrecht on October 30, 1849 in Seesen / Harz. From 1842 he studied law at the University of Heidelberg and passed the exam there in 1848. From 1848 to 1849 he was an assistant judge in Rhoden and a lawyer in Korbach. In 1861 he became government secretary in Arolsen. In 1865 he became 3rd district judge and in 1869 District Judge I at the Arolsen District Court . In 1879 he became a district judge and senior magistrate. In 1896 he retired.
From 1884 to 1887 he was a member of the state parliament of the Principality of Waldeck-Pyrmont for the constituency of the Twiste district .
- Reinhard König: The members of the Waldeck Landtag from 1848 to 1929 (= writings of the Hessian State Archives Marburg. Vol. 3 = Prehistory and history of parliamentarism in Hesse. Vol. 3). Hessisches Staatsarchiv, Marburg 1985, ISBN 3-88964-122-9 , pp. 44–45.
- Jochen Lengemann : MdL Hessen. 1808-1996. Biographical index (= political and parliamentary history of the state of Hesse. Vol. 14 = publications of the Historical Commission for Hesse. Vol. 48, 7). Elwert, Marburg 1996, ISBN 3-7708-1071-6 , p. 151.
- Count, Heinrich Elias Christian Karl. Hessian biography. (As of August 10, 2020). In: Landesgeschichtliches Informationssystem Hessen (LAGIS).
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Count, Heinrich Elias Christian Carl|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Member of Parliament Waldeck|
|DATE OF BIRTH||November 14, 1820|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Nieder-Waroldern|
|DATE OF DEATH||January 28, 1897|
|Place of death||Arolsen|