George Frederick Holmes was born 2 August 1820 at Straebrock, Demerara, British Guiana, theson of Mary Anne Pemberton Holmes and Joseph Henry Herndon Holmes. He married Eliza Lavalette Floyd, sister of John Buchanan Floyd. He was appointed professor of ancient languages at Richmond College in 1845 and in 1847, he was appointed professor of history and political economy at the College of William and Mary. In 1848, he was chosen the first president of the University of Mississippi. He was recalled to Virginia due to the illness of a family member, suffered an accident and never returned to Oxford, Miss. Holmes was called to the University of Virginia and spent the rest of his life there until his death 4 November 1897. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/George Frederick Holmes.