Tuesday, November 27, 2012


from "Cincinnati: The Queen City, 1788-1912, Vol. 3" By S. J. Clarke Publishing Company

Judge Hollister was born on Mount Auburn, September 11, 1856. His
father, Hon. George B. Hollister, came to Cincinnati from Vermont; was admitted to the bar in 1848, and was in the active practice until his death in 1898. He interested himself in all efforts for the city's welfare; was active in the formation of the republican party and in public affairs. He was instrumental in the establishment of the University of Cincinnati and for sixteen years was a member of the board of trustees.

Judge Hollister's mother, Laura (Strait) Hollister, was a daughter of
Thomas J. Strait, who began the practice of law in Cincinnati in 1826, and was a leading practitioner of his time. He also was a Vermonter.

Judge Hollister's ancestry was of colonial and Revolutionary stock, he having had three great-grandfathers who were soldiers in the Revolution. One ancestor was an officer in the Pequot wars and King Philip's war.
As a boy, Judge Hollister attended the district, intermediate and high schools,
and spent one year at Greylock Institute, South Williamson, Massachusetts, in
further preparation for Yale College, where he was graduated in 1878. He
studied law in his father's office and in the Cincinnati Law School, where he was
graduated in the spring of 1880, and was in May of that year, admitted to prac-
tice by the supreme court of Ohio. He was taken into partnership by his
father. He served as assistant prosecuting attorney of Hamilton county for
a year, 1881-1882. In 1893 he was elected judge of the court of common pleas
for the first judicial district of Ohio for a term of five years and was reelected
for a further term of five years in 1898. At the end of his judicial service he
reentered the practice of law, having offices with his brothers, Thomas and
Burton P. Hollister. In March, 1910, he was appointed, by President Taft,
judge of the district court of the United States for the southern district of Ohio.
He is a republican in national politics but has been actively opposed to the local
republican organization under the control to which it was subject for so many

On June 2, 1887, Judge Hollister was married to Miss Alice Keys, the daugh-
ter of Samuel Barr and Julia (Baker) Keys. Some of Mrs. Hollister's
forebears were also of colonial and Revolutionary stock, and she is descended
on both sides, from some of the original founders of Losantiville (Cincinnati).
Judge and Mrs. Hollister have four children. They live on Madison Road in a
house built by Mrs. Hollister's grandfather, John Baker.

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