Garland, Hamlin (1860–1940)
Author, lecturer, and psychical researcher. Born at LaCrosse,
Wisconsin, September 14, 1860, he was educated at
Cedar Valley Seminary, Iowa, the University of Wisconsin
(Hon. LL.D., 1926), and the University of California (1927).
As a young man Garland spent his early life in farming. At
age 24 he moved to Boston for further formal education and
became established as a critic and lecturer. He was a staunch
defender of farmers and also of women’s rights. His book
Daughter of the Middle Border (1921) won a Pulitzer Prize. While
in Boston, Garland joined the American Society for Psychical
Research and conducted his own investigations into psychic
matters. He also wrote many articles on the subject. His books
include Forty Years of Psychic Research (1936) and The Mystery of
the Buried Crosses (1939). He died March 4, 1940.
Sources
Garland, Hamlin. Forty Years of Psychic Research. New York
Macmillan, 1936.
Holloway, Jean. Hamlin Garland, a Biography. Austin, Tex.
University of Texas Press, 1960.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.