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Myron Holley
Date: 1779 - 1841
Remarks: The son of Luther and Sarah (Dakin) Holley, Myron Holley graduated from Williams College in 1802 and established a law practice in his home town of Salisbury, Connecticut. Soon after he gave up the profession and became a bookseller in Canandaigua, New York. In 1816 he was elected to the state assembly and later became one of the commissioners of the Erie Canal project, serving for a period as its treasurer. In the 1830s Holley campaigned against freemasonry, publishing numerous articles attacking it as incompatible with the republican way of life. In 1830, he was made the editor of the Lyons Countryman. Holley was also a committed abolitionist, and in 1840 he helped form the Liberty party in Albany.