Dr. Enoch Arden Holtwick

Holtwick was head of the Department of Government and History at Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois.  His doctoral dissertation had been on the role of 3d parties in American politics.  He was a life-long Prohibitionist, a leader in the campaign which had elected Congressman Charles Randall in California.

Holtwick died early in 1972, at age 91; his death is noted in the May, 1972 National Statesman.  Earl F. Dodge, writing in the February, 1973 Statesman, says:

            Dr. Enoch Arden Holtwick of Greenville, Illinois, who was the Prohibition nominee for President in 1956, was a life-long party member.  He was fond of saying that he became a Prohibitionist at the time of his conversion to Christ, and he could not understand why others did not do likewise.  As a young man, he was very active in the Intercollegiate Prohibition Association and was a leader in the election battles which sent Congressman Charles Randall to 3 terms in the U.S. House from Los Angeles.

            Throughout his career as an educator, a career capped by his long-time leadership of the Department of Government and History at Greenville College, Dr. Holtwick was always ready to serve our cause.  He was the party’s nominee for U.S. Senator and Governor in Illinois and in 1952 ran for Vice-President on the Hamblen/Holtwick ticket.

            An active Free Methodist layman, Dr. Holtwick exuded Christian courtesy and charity, even to those with whom he disagreed most.

            I was proud to play a role in his 1955 nomination for President, and one of my fondest memories is that of campaigning with him in New England.  Whatever difficulties we encountered – from auto trouble to an attendance which could have fitted into a phone booth, Dr. Holtwick was his own sweet self.  His sense of humor was dignified, but sharp.  Being a good Free Methodist, he was not enthused when my wife and I named our son “Calvin.”  He sent a wire suggesting we name him “Lazarus,” “because he came fourth (forth)” (we already had three children).

            Much of Dr. Holtwick’s time was given over to speeches and writings to show young people the value of third parties.  Most of the facts I use in my own school presentations on that subject are gleaned from memory of hearing him speak in 1956.

            Those who had the pleasure of knowing Enoch Holtwick will long be thankful for his wise leadership (recognized by the party in having him serve as National Convention Chairman for many years, until his health would not permit it) and his devoted service.

 

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