Maternal Grandfather: Henry C. Bowen, a wealthy business man and publisher built Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, CT., for his summer home. He founded the anti-slavery paper, The Independent, which Holt would later own.
Parents: George Chandler Holt, a United States Federal Judge appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt, and Mary Louisa Bowen
Holt married Alexandria Crawford Smith in 1899 and his family included four children: Beatrice (later, Beatrice Chadbourne), Leila (later Leila Rosenthal), John Eliot and George Chandler.
"Graduated from Yale University in 1894 and completed graduate work in economics and sociology at Columbia University three years later.
Holt served as editor and published of the liberal weekly magazine the Independent from 1897 to 1921.
He was an outspoken advocate for reform, prohibition, immigrant rights, and international peace. In 1906 he published a collection of immigrants' life stories as The Life Stories of Undistinguished Americans as Told by Themselves.
In 1909 Holt was a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
He served on the executive committee of the League to Enforce Peace.
In 1924 he unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate from Connecticut as a Democrat. He was soundly defeated by Hiram Bingham III, 60.4% to 38.6%
In 1925, Holt became President of Rollins College, Winter Park, FL., and served in that capacity until 1949. He advocated a policy whereby the student body could approve or disapprove of faculty hirings. The Rollins College evening program is named in his Honor." (Wikipedia)
At Rollins College in 1929 Holt instituted the Walk of Fame, which consists of over 500 separate stones arranged in a large semicircle. Each stone bears the name of a historical figure deserving of recognition in his or her field. Holt's headstone is modeled after the large centerpiece Walk of Fame stone.
"Holt's engagement on the international stage was varied, he was founding member of the Italy-America Society, the Netherlands American Foundation, American-Scandinavian Foundation, the Greek-American Club and the Friends of Poland. In the aftermath of the First World War, he became a strong supporter of Woodrow Wilson's League of Nation proposal. He attended the 1919 Paris Peace Conference..."
For further information about his tenure of Rolllins College see: http://asp3.rollins.edu/olin/oldsite/archives/golden/Holt.htm
Alexina Crawford Smith Holt
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