George S. Holden

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George S. Holden
George S. Holden.jpg
Photograph of Holden cropped from 1890 Michigan team photograph
Born September 29, 1868
Middlefield, Massachusetts
Died July 9, 1935(1935-07-09) (aged 66)
Palmer, Massachusetts
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Amherst College, University of Michigan
Known for Football player/Woolen manufacturer

George Steadman Holden (September 29, 1868 – July 9, 1935) was an American football player and manufacturer.

Holden was born in Middlefield, Massachusetts, in 1868. He was the son of Henry Parker and Mary A. (Holmes) Holden. He moved to Palmer, Massachusetts, in 1871 when his father purchased interests in several local businesses.[1] Holden was educated in the Palmer schools and graduated from the Phillips Andover Academy in 1886.[2] He studied for three years at Amherst College before transferring to the University of Michigan. He played college football and was the starting quarterback for the 1890 Michigan Wolverines football team.[3] Holden was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity while attending both Amherst and Michigan.[4] He graduated from Michigan in 1891. In March 1896, he married Katherine Cramer of Ann Arbor, Michigan.[1][5] They had three children, Roger Cramer Holden, Philip Holmes Holden, and Henry Parker Holden.[6] He worked in the woolen business in Palmer, Massachusetts, and became the superintendent of the Palmer Woolen Mill in 1895 and the financial manager starting in 1900.[4][7] In July 1935, Holden died at his home in Palmer.[2][8]

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  1. ^ a b Alfred Minott Copeland (1902). Our County and Its People: A History of Hampden County, Massachusetts, Volume 3. Century Memorial Pub. Co. p. 673. 
  2. ^ a b Amherst graduates' quarterly, Issue 1; Issue 101. Alumni Council of Amherst College. 1936. p. 50. 
  3. ^ "1890 Football Roster". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Catalogue of Beta Theta Pi. Beta Theta Pi. 1905. 
  5. ^ The Beta Theta Pi, Volume 23. Beta Theta Pi. May 1896. p. 374. 
  6. ^ John William Leonard. Woman's Who's Who of America: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Women of the United States and Canada, 1914-1915, Volume 1. The American Commonwealth Company. p. 397. 
  7. ^ Biographical Record of the Alumni and Non-Graduates of Amherst College, Volume 2. Amherst College. 1901. p. 357. 
  8. ^ "The Michigan alumnus: Volume 42". University of Michigan Alumni Association. 1936. p. 106.