- David S. Edelstein
Holt, Henry (03 January 1840–13 February 1926), book publisher, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Daniel Holt, an oyster dealer, and Ann Eve Siebold. Henry was able to read at the age of three and attended a dame school at the age of four. He began his education at General Prosser’s school in New Haven at the age of six. At eight he was studying Latin and at eleven took a prize in Greek. He remained at General Prosser’s school, with short intervals at home in Baltimore, until he entered Yale with the class of 1861. At Yale Holt objected to the Puritan atmosphere and compulsory chapel attendance. During his freshman year, he was one of a half-dozen students not converted in a religious revival. He and a classmate, the future poet ...