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Richard Henry Holme manuscript oration


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Richard Henry Holme (1846-1921) was born in Salem County, New Jersey, to Benjamin Seeley Holme and Elizabeth Dennis. He first entered Haverford in 1865 as a member of the sophomore class but left in 1867. He returned in 1873 to complete his degree program. He married Pauline Waddington in 1883. Holme was a farmer and a dealer in milk. He was also the Superintendent of Schools for Salem County and the Superintendent of Schools for the City of Salem. He later moved to Maryland where he was a candidate for the U.S. Senate from that state.

This is a handwritten manuscript oration by Richard Henry Holme, Haverford College Class of 1876, entitled "Christianity as a Factor in Civilization." Holme's oration won the Alumni Association Prize for Oratory in 1876. The oration details how Christianity has affected different civilizations. There are many edits and speaker notes that Holme has written in the margins and in between lines.

Gift of John Holme, August 2023. Richard Henry Holme was John Holme's great grand-uncle.

Processed by Rachel McQueen, completed October 2023.


Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Rachel McQueen
Finding Aid Date
October, 2023
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

Richard Henry Holme manuscript oration, 1876.
Box 1

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