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Haw River in Alamance County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Thomas M. Holt

 
 
Thomas M. Holt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, April 21, 2010
1. Thomas M. Holt Marker
Inscription. Governor, 1891-93; cotton mill owner. Sponsor of railroad development and state aid to education. Home stood 350 yards S.
 
Erected 1953 by Archives Conservation and Highways Department. (Marker Number G 59.)
 
Location. 36° 5.217′ N, 79° 22.299′ W. Marker is in Haw River, North Carolina, in Alamance County. Marker is at the intersection of NC Highway 49/Graham Road and Holt Street on NC Highway 49/Graham Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Haw River NC 27258, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nathaniel Polk DeShong (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Harden House (approx. 1.9 miles away); Built to House the Alamance Gleaner (approx. 1.9 miles away); Originally a Wing of the Union Hotel (approx. 1.9 miles away); 1763 Providence (approx. 2 miles away); Montwhite Building (approx. 2 miles away); Wrike Drug (approx. 2 miles away); Providence Church & Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Across the road from the marker is the old spring for the community. The stone spring a local landmark.
 
Regarding Thomas M. Holt. Thomas
Thomas M. Holt Marker is to the left of the intersection. image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, April 20, 2010
2. Thomas M. Holt Marker is to the left of the intersection.
The old well can be seen at the end of the double yellow line, at the T-intersection of NC Highway 49 and Holt Street.
M. Holt was born July 15, 1831 at "Locust Grove" the family home in what is now Alamance County, North Carolina. He attended the Caldwell Institute in Hillsboro, N.C. and in 1849, he briefly attended the University of North Carolina.

He worked at a Philadelphia dry goods store as a salesman and bookkeeper in 1850. The next year, he came home to manage the Alamance Cotton Mill. He married Louise Moore in 1855.

After the Civil War, Holt and his partner, Adolphus Moore, built a large cotton mill at Haw River.

Holt served as County Commissioner, 1872-1875. He was elected to the State Senate for the 1876-1877 term and served three terms in the NC House of Representatives.
He was elected lieutenant governor in 1888, when Daniel G. Fowle was elected governor. Governor Fowle died while in office in 1891, and Thomas M. Holt became governor of N.C.

Holt did not run for reelection in 1892 due to his health. He died on April 11, 1896 at his home at Haw River. He is buried in Linwood Cemetery in Graham, North Carolina.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Thomas M. Holt Biography. From the book: Biographical History of North Carolina, copyright 1908. (Submitted on April 21, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A..) 

2. North Carolina Office of Governor - Governors of North Carolina - Thomas Michael Holt
Old Community Well Sits Across the Road from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, April 20, 2010
3. Old Community Well Sits Across the Road from the Marker
. (Submitted on June 5, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Additional keywords. Thomas Michael Holt, Haw River, textiles, Locust Grove, Orange County, Alamance Cotton Mill
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 21, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. This page has been viewed 917 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 21, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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