This collection chiefly contains letterpress books of correspondence mainly related to the professional life of Minnesota
land developer, and poet Henry Whitcomb Holley (1828-1897),
including real estate transactions, mining claims, railroad construction/development, business enterprises, and his literary
career on the side.
Henry Whitcomb Holley (1828-1897) was born in Pierrepont Manor, New York, May 5, 1828, the son of David and Betsey (Randall)
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
36 items in 1 envelope and 26 volumes
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