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Clifford Milburn Holland
Personal information
Nationality American
Birth date March 13, 1883(1883-03-13)
Birth place Somerset, Massachusetts
Date of death October 7, 1924 (aged 41)
Place of death Battle Creek, Michigan
Education Harvard University
Spouse Anna Coolidge Davenport
Children 4 daughters
Engineering Discipline Civil Engineer
Significant projects Holland Tunnel

Clifford Milburn Holland (March 13, 1883 - October 7, 1924) was born in Somerset, Massachusetts. He was the only child of Edward John Holland and Lydia Frances Hood. He graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in 1905 and a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1906.[1] On November 5, 1908 he married Anna Coolidge Davenport (1885-1973). They had four daughters.

Holland was the first chief engineer on the Hudson River Vehicular Tunnel project. Holland died of a heart attack on the operating table while undergoing a tonsillectomy at a health center in Battle Creek, Michigan at the age of 41. The project was renamed the Holland Tunnel in his memory by the New York State Bridge and Tunnel Commission and the New Jersey Interstate Bridge and Tunnel Commission on November 12, 1924.[2]


  1. ^ Weingardt, Richard G. (2005). Engineering Legends: Great American Civil Engineers (32 Profiles of Inspiration and Achievement). Reston, Va.: American Society of Civil Engineers. pp. 45–48. ISBN 0-7844-0801-7.  
  2. ^ Holland Tunnel ASCE Metropolitan Section. Accessed 18 January 2009.

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