John Homer Holt (1857-1916)

Source: Genealogical and Personal History of the Upper Monongahela Valley West Virginia
by James Morton Callahan
New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912
Volume III, Pages 925-926

Hon. John Homer Holt, son of Alfred T. and Maria A. (Stone) Holt, was born June 19, 1857, in Gilmer county, West Virginia. He obtained his education in the common schools, completing the same at Preston Academy at Kingwood. He then followed teaching for five years, three of which were at Kingwood. This was but a stepping-stone to the study of law; his cherished ambition. He read law under Brown & McGrew in 1876. Mr. Brown was a distinguished lawyer and a member of congress. George H. McGrew became rector of a Protestant Episcopal church at Cleveland, Ohio. After concluding his law studies under James A. Brown, Mr. Holt was admitted to the bar and began practice at Kingwood, where he remained two years, then removed his office to Grafton in 1881. Here he has practiced his chosen profession ever since, with the exception of three years which he spent in Washington, D. C. Judge Holt has been an active Republican all of his adult years. He has been chairman of Republican conventions at Huntington, one was in 1892, which nominated Thomas A. Davis, of Grafton, for governor, and in which Mr. Holt was instrumental in bringing forward the candidate for nomination, and campaigned throughout the entire state for his election that fall. He was also chairman of the Republican convention that nominated George W. Atkinson, the first Republican governor since the civil war. He was also a member of the state legislature from Preston county, West Virginia, in 1878 and 1896; was nominated in primary for prosecuting attorney of Taylor county, but before the election occurred he had been made the nominee for circuit judge of the third circuit and was elected. He made an excellent and truly acceptable judge, was reelected in 1904, and is still presiding as judge of the circuit. As a jurist his standing is of the best and his record both public and private is without reproach. His is the largest district in the state, yet notwithstanding this fact, he has the name of keeping up with the business of his dockets, nearer than any other judge who has much less business to transact. He has reflected honor on the bench and bar of West Virginia. Among his other public duties, he is one of the directors and a regent of the School for the Deaf and Dumb.

Judge Holt has been twice married, (first), on February 22, 1886, at Washington, D. C., to Maria Isabel Chancy, born in 1863, at Annapolis, Maryland, daughter of Andrew W. and Katherine (Barber) Chaney. Children: John Homer, Ellen W., Margaret, and James Neil. He married (second), November 1, 1911, Mrs. Nannie E. Brown, of Beverly, West Virginia.

Additional Information

Find A Grave Memorial - Judge John Homer Holt

REGISTER of DEATHS, Randolph County, WV (page 74)
John Homer Holt died March 25, 1916 in Elkins
cause-of-death: Paresis

1st wife, Maria Isabel Chancy Holt died on May 21, 1910
(at the age of 45) in Baltimore MD.
Cause of death: inflamation of the bowels.

2nd wife, Nannie E. Holt died Jan 21, 1923
(at the age of 65yr-22dys) in Elkins, WV.
Cause of death: Chronic Toxic Nephritis.
Nannie was born Dec 19, 1857 in Va,
daughter of James D. Evans and Elizabeth Crawford.


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