Biography of Leonard Stanley Holley

One of those citizens of Rhode Island who has for years taken a prominent part in the affairs of his State, Leonard Stanley Holley is vice-president of the Holley Ice and Transportation Company of South Kingstown. In this community, where he was born and has lived practically all his life, Mr. Holley has performed much useful work, and today he is highly esteemed and respected in the business life of his town and this Commonwealth.

He was born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, on October 16, 1894, son of George A. and Lillian E. (Tucker) Holley. His father, also a native of South Kingstown, was engaged in the early part of his life in the mercantile business. In 1913 he started his career in the ice business, in which he commenced independently under the name of the Holley Ice Company. In 1920 he added a transportation business, and the name of the company was changed to the Holley Ice and Transportation Company, of which he has been president ever since that time. The mother, too, was born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, where she still makes her home. Leonard Stanley Holley received his early education in the public and high schools of South Kingstown, and then became a student at the State College of Rhode Island, from which he was graduated in the class of 1916 with the degree of Bachelor of Science. Upon completing his education he became associated with the Holley Ice and Transportation Company, of South Kingstown, of which he has been vice-president since 1921. He has done much, naturally, to build up this business to its present state, and for his work in this connection enjoys a favorable place in the estimation of his fellow-citizens.

Along with his commercial activities, Mr. Holley has been a leader in social and fraternal affairs. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, in which order he belongs to Hope Lodge No. 25; Unity Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, of which he is Past High Priest; Nestle Chapter of the Eastern Star, of which he is Past Patron. He also belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he is affiliated with Columbia Lodge, and to the Beta Phi Fraternity. He is a member of Hope Square and Compass Club. His political faith is that of the Republican party, and his church is the Episcopal. When he is not busy with his many other activities, Mr. Holley enjoys nothing more than indulging in his favorite hobbies, the healthful outdoor sports of fishing and boating.

Leonard Stanley Holley married, in 1917, Jennie M. Clarke, a native of Wakefield, Rhode Island. By this union there has been one child, a daughter, Shirley Elizabeth Holley.

Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.

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