Biography and History

Joline is a French name of Huguenot origin. The first traceable branch of the family lived in Princeton, N.J., where John Joline was born. One of the most notable landlords or innkeepers of Princeton, Joline ran the Nassau Hotel from 1812 to 1836. Among his children were William Joline, who graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1824, Charles Oliver Joline, a graduate of the College of New Jersey in 1834 who served in the Mexican and the Civil Wars, and John Van Dyke Joline, who graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1827.

Adrian Hoffman Joline was the son of Charles Oliver Joline. He graduated from the College of New Jersey with his A.B. degree in 1870 and his A.M. degree in 1873. He was admitted to the bar, and in 1905 he helped form the law firm of Joline, Larkin & Rathbone. Early in his career he developed an interest in railway litigation and to trusts and mortgages. He was chairman of the board of directors and president of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company from 1906 to 1909. Adrian Hoffman Joline was also an author; his works include Meditation of an Autography Collector (1902), Diversions of a Book Lover (1903), and The Autograph Hunter (1906).

Source: From the finding aid for C1144