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Merrill Jacob Holmes

Clergyman , educator

Merrill Jacob Holmes, American clergyman, educator. Served as first lieutenant, chaplain, July 5, 1918; Member University Senate Methodist Church, 1948-1956.; Member Alpha Tau Omega.; Mason (32°).


Holmes, Merrill Jacob was born on September 1, 1886 in Indianola, Iowa, United States. Son of Edmund Meek and Carrie Merrill (Page) Holmes.


Bachelor of Arts, Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, 1908, Doctor of Divinity, 1921. Student American School Classical Studies at Rome, 1908-1909. Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Garrett Biblical Institute, 1912, Doctor of Divinity, 1930.

A.M., Northwestern University, 1912. School of Theology and Ministry, Harvard University, 1918. Doctor of Divinity Gammon Theological Seminary, 1941.

Doctor of Laws, MacMurray College, 1952.


Pastor West Harvey, Illinois, 1909-1910. Ordained Mechanical Engineering ministry, 1910. Instructor Garrett Biblical Institute, 1912-1915.

Pastor Wheadon Church, Evanston, 1913-1915, East Dennis, Massachusetts, 1916-1918. Dean of college and professor religion, Dak. Wesleyan University, 1919-1925.

Secretary Institutes and Life Work of Epworth League department, Board of Education Methodist Episcopal Church, 1925-1927. Educational director, 1927-1928, and secretary, 1928-1940, of Institutions for Negroes, under direction of Board of Education of Mechanical Engineering Church. Vice president Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, 1941-1947, president, 1947-1958, chancellor, since 1958.


Served as first lieutenant, chaplain, July 5, 1918. Member University Senate Methodist Church, 1948-1956. Member Alpha Tau Omega.

Mason (32°).; Clubs: Union League (Chicago).


Married Carrie Rowena MacFadon, September 3, 1912 (deceased).; married second, Florence Read Day, August 12, 1938. Children: Edmund MacFadon, Caroline (deceased), Robert Merrill.

Edmund Meek Holmes

Carrie Merrill (Page) Holmes

Carrie Rowena MacFadon

Florence Read Day

Caroline Holmes (deceased)

Edmund MacFadon Holmes

Robert Merrill Holmes