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Alonzo Potter Burgess Holly, M.D. '1888 (1865-1943)

First graduate of New York Medical College of African descent.
Haitian consul to the Bahamas.

Alonzo Potter Burgess Holly, M.D. '1888

Hometown: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Born: September 21,1865
Died: November 28, 1943

Alonzo Potter Burgess Holley, M.D., was the first graduate of New York Medical College of African descent to graduate from New York Medical College, completing the program in 1888. He attended Cambridge University as an undergraduate. After graduation from New York Medical College, Dr. Potter Burgess Holley was appointed by the Haitian government as a consul to the Bahamas, where he remained for twelve years. He also served as the Episcopal Bishop of Haiti, the second African American to attain the rank after his father. 

Dr. Potter Burgess Holley served as President of the Florida State Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association and was a member of the National Medical Association.

He authored two books: The problems of our race: Our Duties and Responsibilities and God and the Negro, Synopsis of God and the Negro; or the Biblical Record of the Race of Ham.