Thomas Hollis (1659–1731)

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Thomas Hollis

Thomas Hollis (1659 – January 21, 1731)[1][note 1] was a wealthy English merchant and benefactor of Harvard University. In 1721, he established the Hollis Chair of Divinity at Harvard, with a salary of £80 per year. In 1726, he also endowed the Hollis Chair of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy with the same amount. The town of Holliston, Massachusetts is named for him.[2]


  1. ^ While most accounts indicate that Hollis died in 1731, the issue of The Harvard Graduates' Magazine that provides his date of death also lists 1730 as a tentative year.


  1. ^ Davis, Andrew McFarland (March 1895). "Thomas Hollis". The Harvard Graduates' Magazine (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Riverside Press = July 11, 2012.) III (3): 342–347. 
  2. ^ Wood, Nathan Eusebius (1899). The history of the First Baptist Church of Boston (1665-1899). American Baptist Publication Society. p. 173. 

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