Edwin B. Holt was born on 21 August 1873 in Winchester, Massachusetts. He attended Amherst College in 1892, and subsequently enrolled at Harvard University, receiving a BA degree in 1896. Holt's most influential teachers at Harvard were William James, Josiah Royce, and Hugo MÜnsterberg. Holt began graduate studies at Harvard in 1897, but left for a year of military service in 1898 during the Spanish–American War. Holt studied medicine at the University of Freiburg in 1899, and then psychology at Columbia University with James McKeen Cattell, receiving his MA degree in 1900. Holt returned to Harvard for further graduate study. After receiving the PhD in psychology in 1901, Holt was appointed instructor at Harvard, and subsequently promoted to assistant professor in 1905. He resigned his position in 1918, but was persuaded to return to teaching as visiting professor of psychology at Princeton University from 1926 to 1936. Holt died on 25 January 1946 in Tenants Harbor, Maine.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.