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Linwood Holton

Gov. Linwood Holton

  • January 17, 1970 - January 12, 1974
  • Republican
  • September 21, 1923
  • Virginia
  • Washington and Lee University, Harvard Law School
  • Married Virginia Harrison Rogers; four children
  • Navy


LINWOOD HOLTON, JR. was born in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, on September 21, 1923. In 1944, Holton received a B.A. from Washington and Lee University. He received an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1949. Governor Holton served with the Submarine Force during World War II and he was a captain with the U.S. Naval Reserve. He served on the Virginia Republican State Central Committee and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1960 and 1968. Holton has been a member of the Roanoke, Virginia; and American Bar Associations, president of the Roanoke Chapter of Washington and Lee Alumni Association, board member for the Roanoke Fine Arts Center, and National Governors’ Conference Executive Committee (1970-1971). Governor Holton chaired the Republican Governors Association (1972-1973) and the Southern Regional Education Board (1972-1973). He went on to serve briefly as Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations, after which he joined the law firm of Hogan and Hartson in Washington, DC.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 4. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols

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