A native of Connecticut, Holley graduated from Williams College, went on to study law, and in 1802 established his practice in Salisbury. He gave up law, however, to become a bookseller in Canandaigua, N.Y. In 1816 he was elected to the state assembly and later became one of the commissioners of the Erie Canal project, eventually being named its treasurer. Holley appears to be about 40 years old here, indicating a date of ca. 1820 when state business would have taken him to Albany.
Gift of Sallie Holley
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