Holladay, Alexander Q. (Alexander Quarles), 1839-1909

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Born at Cherry Grove, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, in 1839, Holladay studied at the University of Virginia and the University of Berlin, specializing in Latin, Greek, modern languages, moral philosophy, and law. After service as a colonel in the 19th Virginia Regiment during the Civil War, he spent several years farming and practicing law, and he served in the Virginia Senate for four years. He was President of the Stonewall Jackson Institute and Professor of English and later President of the Florida Agricultural College. In 1889 Colonel Holladay applied to the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts for the position of Professor of English, but the Board of Trustees appointed him as the first College President instead. The first freshman class numbered approximately 50, but after a decade, enrollment reached 300. Holladay served the institution until failing health forced his retirement in 1899. He died at Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1909. Related Archival Materials: Alexander Quarles Holladay Papers, 1858 - 1912, MC 00010
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