Holley, H. W. (Henry Whitcomb), 1828-1897

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Henry Whitcomb Holley was born in Jefferson County, New York, May 5, 1828, the son of David and Betsey (Randall) Holley. He graduated from Norwich University, Vermont in 1849. From 1849-1856, he was a contracting engineer for railroads in Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

Holley came to Minnesota in 1856 and settled in Chatfield. He was editor of the Chatfield Republican (1856-1861); a state senator (1859-1861); and receiver of the U.S. Land Office at Winnebago City (1861-1869). He began his engineering career with the Southern Minnesota Railroad in 1865, became chief engineer of construction, and was also the company's general manager and superintendent.

Other interests of Holley included: the Root River State Bank, of which he was one of the organizers, and land and real estate in Faribault County. Holley was also one of the organizers of the Root River State Bank and was in land and real estate in Faribault County. He also published a number of volumes of poetry.

Holley married Eliza Jane Christie in 1855. The children born to the couple were Maud, Kate, Elizabeth, Mabel, and Henry. Holley died in Everett, Washington in either 1897 or 1898.

From the guide to the Henry Whitcomb Holley papers., 1854-1888., (Minnesota Historical Society)

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associatedWith Bishop, J. W. (Judson Wade), 1831-1917. person
associatedWith Bradley and Metcalf, Boots and Shoes (Milwaukee, Wis.) corporateBody
associatedWith Brown, Orville, 1812-1901. person
associatedWith C.H. Twiss Livery and Sale Stable (Winnebago City, Minn.) corporateBody
associatedWith C.J. Farley Paint Store (Winnebago City, Minn.) corporateBody
associatedWith F.F. Harlow General Merchandise (Winnebago City, Minn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Frank Pumerville, Harness Shop (Houghton, Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Gold and Frank, Dry Goods (Milwaukee, Wis.) corporateBody
associatedWith John Pritzloff, Iron and Hardware Merchant (Ontonagon, Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Marks, C. R. (Constant R.), 1906- person
associatedWith Moulton and Dendon, General Merchandise. corporateBody
associatedWith North Star Stock Farm (Caledonia, Minn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Potter, George F., ca. 1826- person
associatedWith Republican Party (Minn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Shattuck School. corporateBody
associatedWith Slayton's Lyceum Bureau (Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Southern Minnesota Railroad Company. corporateBody
associatedWith St. Mary's Hall (Faribault, Minn.) corporateBody
associatedWith Thompson, Horace, 1827-1880. person
associatedWith United States. General Land Office. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Root River Land District (Minn. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Root River Land District (Minn. corporateBody
associatedWith U.S. Wind Engine & Pump Co. (Batavia, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Whipple, Charles Henry, 1849-1932. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Chatfield (Minn.).
Chatfield (Minn.)
Winnebago City (Minn.).
Winnebago City (Minn.)
Business enterprises--Wisconsin
Business enterprises
Real property--Minnesota
Railroads--Design and construction
Real property


Birth 1828

Death 1897


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