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94 Mt Vernon St, Boston, MA 02108

Hollis French (June 26, 1868 - November 21, 1940) was a member of the Horace Walpole Society, elected in 1910.

Hollis French was born in Boston, Massachusetts on 26 Jun 1868 to John James French and Frances Maria Stratton-French. He had 5 children: John "Alden" French (1899-1975), Stanley Goodwin French (1902-1969), Hollis Stratton French (1904-2000), Rue Elizabeth French (1909-2002) and Wiliam H French (died 1958). Member of a distinguished Boston family, he grew up in a tradition of service, and throughout his life he gave of himself in every good cause in which he believed. His interest in The Cleveland Museum of Art extended back to the days when he was associated with the building of the Museum as a Consulting Engineer. He saw in Cleveland and in the Western Reserve an outpost of the New England spirit in the lands beyond the Alleghenies.

In his generous wisdom he saw his collection of two hundred and thirty-two pieces of Colonial and early American silver, which he had collected through long years, serving to strengthen the ties of that New England heritage in the broad plains beyond the mountains. He was a noted connoisseur, distinguished author of basic works in his chosen field, sensitive and understanding.

He died on November 21, 1940, at his home at 94 Mount Vernon Street in his native city of Boston.

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