Holder, Charles Frederick, 1851-1915

Charles F. Holder (1851-1915) was the creator of the Tournament of Roses parade. A native of Massachusetts, he worked as a curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York before moving to Pasadena in 1885. He originated big game sport fishing in 1898 and founded the Tuna Club on Catalina Island. He was president of the Tournament of Roses Association from 1890-1891 and served as parade grand marshal in 1910. Holder was the author of a variety of books and articles, including Elements of zoology (1885), The big game fishes of the United States (1903), and Life in the open: sport with rod, gun, horse, and hound in southern California (1906).

From the description of Letter to John Vance Chaney, 1894, January 10. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 772646819

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