Glenn Scrapbook, Mss 61-001


Extent:0.25 linear feet; 1 box.


Access: No restriction on access.


Biographical Note: William Meharry Glenn was born on April 21, 1888, in Hillsboro, Ohio. He entered the University of Illinois in 1906, but graduated from DePauw University in 1910 with an A.B. It was at DePauw that Glenn first met Hamilton Holt who gave a lecture there in 1911. From 1910-1914, Glenn was a reporter at three different papers in the Midwest before he moved to Orlando to become co-publisher of the Morning Sentinel. In 1925, he became publisher of the paper; a position he held until 1931 when he became editorial writer for Tampa’s Daily Times. His friendship was renewed with Hamilton Holt when Holt became President of Rollins College in 1925. Glen was active in the Orlando community and a strong supporter of Rollins College. He was also President of the Florida Press Association and the Associated Press of Florida. In 1952, he retired but resumed writing a column for the Orlando Evening Star in 1957, which he continued until 1960. He died on October 31, 1967 in Garland, Texas.


Biographical Sketch of William Meharry Glenn



April 21, born Hillsboro, Ohio


Studied at the University of Illinois


Graduated from DePauw University A. B.


Reporter, Morning Herald (Anderson, Indiana)


Reporter, Eastern Illinois Register (Paxton, Illinois)


Reporter, Indianapolis Star Married Lois Sample (a Rollins graduate) of Bloomington, Illinois on June 27


Editor, Morning Sentinel (Orlando, Florida); co publisher of the Sentinel from 1914-1925; publisher, 1925-1931


President, Orlando Chamber of Commerce


Traveled to Europe, also in 1924, 1926, 1928, and 1929


Lieut. Colonel on staff of Governor of Florida (honorary title given by Govs. Martin and Holland


President, Florida Press Association


President, Associated Press Club of Florida


Editorial writer, Daily Times (Tampa, Florida)


Editor and Manager, Post and Times (West Palm Beach Florida)


Editor, Orlando Morning Sentinel and Orlando Sentinel-Star


Rotary Club President


Honorary president, Gridiron of Florida


Editor and Publisher, Orlando Times


Associate Editor, Miami Beach Sun (evening paper) and real estate agent


Retired to Hendersonville, North Carolina


Columnist for the Orlando Evening Star


Died, October 31, Garland, Texas.

Author of: Verses, 1931; Know Your Florida Governors, 1933; The Town Slouch Column; The Colonial Chortles; Billy Glenn Column and Know Your Fifth Congressional District. 

Co-author of: Tinker to Evers to Chance and Sigma Delta Chi—Memories of 1909.


Scope and Content:  


To celebrate Rollins College’s Diamond Jubilee, Glenn donated the scrapbook to the college on April 30, 1961. It contains a sketch written by him entitled “The Real Hamilton Holt” which recounts their friendship as well as the reasons that Glenn considered Hamilton Holt the “Greatest Man and Friend I have met in my more than half-century in journalism.” The scrapbook also contains correspondence between the two men (1911-1950), which attests to their mutual friendship.


  The material had been placed in a traditional oversized scrapbook that had become brittle over the years. The entire collection was removed and placed in acid-free folders; the order corresponds directly to the original order of the scrapbook.


For Related records see:

            Hamilton Holt Collection and Holt Administrative Papers

            Hugh McKean Administrative Correspondence

            Glenn Donor file and Lois Sample Glenn’s Alumni file

            College Scrapbooks (1920s-1930s) for the newspaper coverage by the Sentinel


The College Photographic Collection has photographs of William Glenn presenting the scrapbook to President Hugh McKean during the Diamond Jubilee Celebration.


Box Folder    Contents
1 1 Introduction and Index
2 The Real Dr. Hamilton Holt
3 Correspondence and Notes, 1919-1929
4 Correspondence and Notes, 1929-1934
5 Correspondence and Notes, 1934-1938
6 Correspondence and Notes, 1940-1947
7 Correspondence and Notes, 1947-1949
8 Correspondence and Notes, 1949-1951
9 Rollins College Publications:

“President George Morgan Ward and His Three Administrations” from A. J. Hanna with the note: "I did most of this during my convalescence”.

“President William Fremont Blackman and His Administration, 1902-1915”.