(Dec. 6, 1836-Dec. 10, 1911). Born in Richmond, Indiana, William Robeson Holloway was the son of David P. Holloway, editor of the Richmond Palladium and commissioner of patents during the Lincoln administration. Educated in the Richmond public schools, Holloway learned the printing business in his father’s office and worked as a compositor for the Cincinnati Times from 1852 to 1857. Returning to Richmond in 1858, Holloway married future governor Oliver P. Morton‘s sister-in-law. Admitted to the bar in 1860, Holloway served as Governor Morton’s private secretary from 1861 to 1863.

Having spent a year on business in New York City, Holloway returned to Indianapolis in 1864 and purchased an interest in the Indiana Journal. Holloway retained both an editorial and a financial interest in the paper until 1872. In 1875, he repurchased his interest in the Journal but sold it within a few months. In 1880, Holloway established the Indianapolis Times. This venture, however, turned out to be a failure, and the Times was merged with the Journal in 1886.

In 1869, Holloway was appointed postmaster of Indianapolis, serving until 1881. Later he was United States consul general at St. Petersburg, Russia (1897-1904) and Halifax, Nova Scotia (1904-1907). Holloway authored History Of Richmond And Wayne County (1858) and Indianapolis: A Historical And Statistical Sketch Of The Railroad City (1870).

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