George Frederick Holmes

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George Frederick Holmes (1820 – 1897) was the first Chancellor of the University of Mississippi, from 1848 to 1849.[1][2][3]


George Frederick Holmes was born in 1820 in Georgetown, British Guyana.[1] In 1836, he attended the University of Durham in England, but left for Quebec in 1837 without taking a degree.[2][3]

In 1838, he taught in Caroline County, Virginia, United States, then moved to Macon, Georgia to study and teach Law.[2] In 1840, he moved to South Carolina and became a lawyer, first in Walterboro, then in Orangeburg.[2]

In 1845, he became a Professor of Ancient Languages at Richmond College, now known as the University of Richmond.[2][3] In 1847, he became Professor of History and Political Economy at the College of William and Mary.[2][3] From 1848 to 1849, he served as the first President of the University of Mississippi, where he also taught.[2][3] In 1857, he became a Professor at the University of Virginia.[2][3]

He wrote articles for the Southern Quarterly Review, the Southern Literary Messenger, DeBow's Review, and the Methodist Quarterly Review.[2][3] He corresponded with Auguste Comte and John C. Calhoun.[3] He supported state rights, African-American slavery, and an end to tariffs.[3][4]

He died in Charlottesville in 1897.[2]


  • The Southern Pictorial Primer, or First-Fifth Reader (1866)
  • A School History of the United States of America, From the Earliest Discoveries to the Year 1870 (1871)


  1. ^ a b University of Mississippi biography
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j American National Biography Online
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i First Principals Journal
  4. ^ Susuan V. Donaldson, 'Introduction', in I'll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition, 75th Anniversary Edition, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006, p. x

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Chancellors of the University of Mississippi
Succeeded by
Augustus Baldwin Longstreet