Hamilton Holt
Hamilton Holt was an American educator, editor
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, author
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 and politician
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Graduated from Yale University
Yale University
Yale University is a private, Ivy League university located in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States...

 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
The Independent (Boston)
The Independent published in Boston, Massachusetts, was a weekly newspaper devoted to politics, social and economic tendencies, history, literature, and the arts. It was published from 1848 to 1928, when it merged with The Outlook....

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
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, usually abbreviated as NAACP, is an African-American civil rights organization in the United States, formed in 1909. Its mission is "to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to...


He served on the executive committee of the League to Enforce Peace
League to Enforce Peace
The League to Enforce Peace was an American organization established in 1915 to promote the formation of an international body for world peace...


In 1924 he unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate from Connecticut as a Democrat
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. He was soundly defeated by Hiram Bingham III
Hiram Bingham III
Hiram Bingham, formally Hiram Bingham III, was an academic, explorer, treasure hunter and politician from the United States. He made public the existence of the Quechua citadel of Machu Picchu in 1911 with the guidance of local indigenous farmers...

, 60.4% to 38.6%.

President of Rollins College

In 1925, Holt became President of Rollins College
Rollins College
Rollins College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college located in Winter Park, Florida , along the shores of Lake Virginia....

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.


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