• Harvard President Thanks Granddaughters Of Dr. Holyoke For Portrait

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    JOSIAH QUINCY (1772-1864) was President of Harvard University from January 29, 1829 – August 27, 1845.  He was also a politician, serving as a Federalist congressman, Boston, MA, mayor, municipal court judge, Massachusetts state representative and state senator.


    One-page, ALS, To the granddaughters of the late Doctor Edward Augustus Holyoke of Salem, MA, for donating a portrait of their grandfather to Harvard.


    Quincy writes from Cambridge, MA, as president of Harvard, in 1829, to Mrs. Turner and Mrs. Ward, “Ladies, I have the honor to enclose a vote of the Corporation of Harvard University relative to the portrait of your grandfather, so kindly & politely presented by you to that institution.


    “Be assured, ladies, that the portrait of one who is so long held the office of President of this institution has been received and will be presented with the respect and interests so justly due to his character and usefulness.


    “Very respectfully...


    “Josiah Quincy,


    “President of Harvard College”


    HOLYOKE was born in 1728, Edward Augustus Holyoke was the son of the Reverend Edward Holyoke, who served as President of Harvard College from 1737 to 1769. The younger Edward entered the college at the age of 14 and graduated in the class of 1746.

    After a short period teaching in Lexington and Roxbury, Holyoke moved to Ipswich to study medicine under a physician, Colonel Thomas Perry. After a two-year apprenticeship, Holyoke opened his own medical practice in Salem in 1749. He retired in 1821, 73 years later.

    Holyoke was a pioneer in the treatment and prevention of smallpox.
    Harvard awarded Holyoke an honorary M.D. degree in 1783, this being the first award of an MD at the university. In the late 1780s, Holyoke was a founder of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he served as its president from 1814 to 1820. He was also a founder of the Massachusetts Medical Society and served as its president from 1782 to 1784 and 1786 to 1788.


    During the Revolutionary War, Holyoke was at first a loyalist who later turned patriot.


    Folds, toning. Fold tears repaired with archival tape.


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