An Interview with the Utah State Regent

On August 28, 2018, The Utah State Regent, Susan Holt and her traveling companion Analise sat down to have a candid conversation about the goals for the Holt Administration and to learn more about the history of Analise’s famous Patriot, Prince Whipple. Here are excerpts from their conversation:

Analise: Thank you for speaking with me today, Madam State Regent. How does it feel to follow in the footsteps of your predecessors? And could you elaborate on your goals for your term of office?

Susan: Analise, it is a pleasure to speak with you today and to have you accompany me over the next two years. We will have great adventures together. Becoming State Regent is an exciting and humbling experience. My predecessors each left a mark on the State Society and it is my goal to not only encompass what has transpired in the past but to look forward to our future. My primary goal as the Utah State Regent is to bring the State Society forward in all aspects of its internal workings through intense education regarding our National Standing and Special Committees, membership applications, promoting our New Member and New Horizon courses plus utilizing various PR and Media venues, i.e. social media and press releases to highlight our chapters and outstanding Daughters.

Analise: Any specific events/activities you would like to highlight that you have participated in so far?

Susan: This is a difficult question. Many of our chapters are gearing up for their first chapter meeting of the 2018-2019 membership year. Constitution Week is upon us and all of our chapters are busy obtaining signed proclamations from local mayors and city councils, setting up displays in libraries and contacting schools to pass out Constitution kits. It has been wonderful to see pictures of our members promoting the Constitution. Also, I recently attended a Yellow Ribbon ceremony where I spoke to men and women who are serving our country. Also, speaking with many Utah Daughters is always a joy for me and these conversations have been both informative, encouraging and eye-opening.

Susan: Now Analise: let’s talk about you and your famous ancestor, Prince Whipple. There is quite a bit of folklore tied to him. What is the truth and what is fiction?

Analise: Funny, you should ask. I have been having a hard time distinguishing between the two areas myself. Here is what I know: Prince Whipple was brought from the Gold Coast of Africa to the colonial trading center of Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1760 when he was ten. His father had sent him and his brother who were both well educated to the colonies to further their education. Unfortunately the ship’s captain held Prince and his siblings as prisoners on the ship and sold them as slaves. He was purchased by General William Whipple, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Because of his expertise and refinement, Whipple served as major-domo at the most elegant social events. Prince Whipple fought at the battles of Saratoga and in Delaware during the Revolutionary War at the side of both General Whipple and General George Washington. Prince received his freedom after the war and married a freed slave named Dinah. Their daughter Esther is where my line begins. One of the fictional stories of Prince is he was with General Washington at the crossing of the Delaware thus some historians have identified him as the African American figure in the familiar painting of Washington crossing the Delaware River.

Susan: His is truly a fascinating story. What an honor to have him as your Patriot!

Analise: Well, our time has ended. Thank you Susan for stopping by today. I look forward to participating with you in many activities/events in the upcoming months. I hear we are going to Philadelphia to the Museum of the American Revolution with all the State Regents in October. How fun!!

Susan: Yes, it will be fun! Thank you Analise for today. It has been a pleasure.