Homer Adams Holt

Gov. Homer Adams Holt

West Virginia

January 18, 1937 - January 13, 1941

March 1, 1898

January 16, 1975


Washington and Lee University

Birth State

Military Service:

Married Isabel Hedges Wood; three children


HOMER ADAMS HOLT was born in Lewisburg, West Virginia. After receiving an A.B. and an LL.B. from Washington and Lee University, he enlisted as an Army private but was promoted to Second Lieutenant in the Coast Artillery during World War I. He went on to teach mathematics and law at Washington and Lee from 1920 to 1925, and then practiced law before being elected Attorney General of West Virginia in 1932, a position that he held until running for governor. During his gubernatorial administration, a modern parole and probation system was established and distribution of state aid to schools was improved. After completing his term as governor, Holt returned to the practice of law and held various executive positions with Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation. In addition, he served as President of the Charleston Area Medical Center, as trustee and a member of the executive committee of Washington and Lee University, and as President of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.


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West Virginia Archives and History