Thomas Hollis, a benefactor of Harvard college, born in England in 1659, died in London in 1731. He was for many years a successful merchant in London, and a bequest made to Harvard college in his uncle's will, of which he was trustee, first attracted his attention to that institution. Having made two considerable donations, he gave directions in 1721 for the employment of the fund, by which the Hollis professorship of divinity was constituted. He was himself a Baptist, and the candidate for the professorship was required to he of "sound or orthodox principles." In 1727 he established also a professorship of mathematics and philosophy, and the net produce of his donations amounted at that time to £4,900. He also gave books for the library, and secured from a friend a set of Hebrew and Greek types for printing. His memoirs were published by Thomas Brand Hollis (2 vols. 4to, London, 1780). - His nephew, Thomas Hollis, also gave money, books, and philosophical apparatus, and left a son, the third Thomas Hollis (died in 1774), an antiquary, whose donations to the college amounted to nearly £2,000.