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HOLLISTER, Gideon Hiram, author, born in Washington, Connecticut, 14 December, 1817; died in Litchfield, Connecticut. 24 March. 1881. He was graduated in 1840 at Yale, where he was class poet, studied law in Litchfield with Origen S. Seymour, and after a brief stay in Woodbury, Connecticut, practised in the former town. He was clerk of courts there in 1843-%2, and in 1856 was chosen to the state senate, where he was instrumental in procuring the election of James Dixon to the United States senate. President Johnson appointed him consul-general and United States minister at Hayti in 1868, and he served till 1869, when he removed to Stratford, Connecticut, and practised law in Bridgeport, but in 1876 returned to Litchfield. He was elected to the legislature in 1880, and made a speech on the New York boundary question that was published and attracted much attention. Mr. Hollister was an enthusiastic student of the English classics. The acting copyright of his tragedy " Thomas a Becket" is owned by Edwin Booth, but it was produced only three times. His poem "Andersonville" acquired considerable popularity during the civil war. He published "Mount Hope," an historical romance of King Philip's war (New York, 1851); a "History of Connecticut" (2 vols., New Haven, 1855); and "Thomas a Becket, a Tragedy, and Other Poems" (Boston, 1866). After his death appeared "Kinley Hollow," a novel (New York, 1882).
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