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Ezekiel Holmes Collection

Identifier: SpC MS 0704-sc

Scope and Content Note

A collection concerning an editor, legislator, educator, and agriculturalist of Maine. The correspondence folder contains a letter from Ezekiel Holmes to his brother, a copy of his last agricultural address, and a catalog of books sold by him. The folder also includes 3 photographs of the Holmes farm and letters from George M. Holmes, Sally F. Davis Chase, and Arthur A. Hauck. The second folder contains illustrations of Holmes Hall on the University of Maine campus, biographies of Holmes, a petition to the Governor of the State of Maine from inhabitants of Gardiner recommending Dr. Ezekiel Holmes to have charge of a proposed scientific survey of the state, and a book titled "Ezekiel Holmes : extracts from The Maine Farmer relating to the Holmes Library in the University of Maine Library : a sketch of his life from the Dictionary of American Biography : in celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of the University of Maine." The folio folder contains photostats of a series of articles in The Home Farm, published in Augusta, Maine, from June 12 to December 11, 1884. The articles describe Ezekiel Holmes's life and reproduce his correspondence and private journals.


  • Creation: 1830-1948


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Biographical Note

Ezekiel Holmes was born in 1801 in Kingston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Brown University in the class of 1821 and received his M.D. at Bowdoin College in 1824. Though he continued to practice his profession in a small way throughout most of his life, his main interests were those of a naturalist and an agriculturalist. In 1825 he was appointed instructor in agriculture at the Gardiner Lyceum. In 1829 he was elected principal after the resignation of Dr. Benjamin Hale and served until the failure of the Lyceum from lack of adequate support in 1832. In 1832 he established his permanent home in Winthrop, Maine. From 1833 to 1837 he held the post of lecturer on chemistry, mineralogy, geology, and botany in Waterville (later Colby) College. On Jan. 21, 1833 as editor, he issued the first number of the Kennebec Farmer and Journal of the Useful Arts, soon renamed the Maine Farmer and Journal of the Useful Arts. He was influential in establishing a state Board of Agriculture and was its secretary from 1852 to 1855. He helped found the Maine State Agricultural Society in 1855 and was its secretary until his death. The last two years of his life were devoted to leading the struggle to persuade the Maine state legislature to use the funds which would accrue from the Morrill Act of 1862 for the creation of a separate college devoted to agriculture and the mechanic arts rather than turn the money over to any of the existing institutions. He died in 1865 just as his efforts were being crowned with success. He was, therefore, one of the founders of the University of Maine.


2 Folders (25 items)

1 folio folder (19 items)

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A collection concerning an editor, legislator, educator, and agriculturalist of Maine.


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Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States