About Holt Merchant
Holt Merchant first came to Lexington as a Washington & Lee (W&L) undergrad student. Following military service and graduate studies he subsequently returned, joining the W&L faculty in 1970. During his 43 year tenure at the university Holt served as the Martin and Brooke Stein Professor of American History, chair of the History Department, and Marshall of the University. He is a published author and lectures widely to general audiences, most often on George Washington, Robert E. Lee and the Civil War. Since his retirement from teaching Holt remains active, volunteering for the United Way of Rockbridge (UWR), the Community Table, the Rockbridge Area Relief Association, and Grace Episcopal Church.