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  Holshouser, Jr., James E. "Jim"
NameJames E. "Jim" Holshouser, Jr.
Boone, North Carolina , United States
Born October 08, 1934
DiedJune 17, 2013 (78 years)
ContributorU Ole Polecat
Last ModifedDavid
Oct 08, 2020 08:16am
InfoJames Eubert "Jim" Holshouser, Jr.

Elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives from Watauga County in 1962 and 1964.

Elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives from the 44th District in 1968 and 1970.

JAMES (JIM) E. HOLSHOUSER JR. was born October 8, 1934, in Boone, North Carolina. He graduated from Davidson College and obtained a law degree from the University of North Carolina Law School. Holshouser served as a member of the North Carolina State House of Representatives in 1963, from 1965 to 1966, and in 1969 and 1971. During his terms, Holshouser served as House Minority Leader and Chair of Republican State Executive Committee from 1966 to 1972.

Governor (R-NC) 1973-1977. Holshouser was the first Republican to be elected Governor of North Carolina since 1896. As a leader of moderate state Republicans, he defeated former U.S. Rep. Jim Gardner in the 1972 runoff and went on to defeat Skipper Bowles in the general election. As governor, he was instrumental in establishing an Efficient Study Commission and he sought to increase foreign trade; develop a modern transportation system, including a mass transit system; and pledged open communications and more involvement with the press and minority groups. He also called for educational and state parks improvements. During his term, Governor Holshouser chaired the Southern Regional Education Board from 1974 to 1975 and served on the National Governors' Conference Executive Committee from 1973 to 1976).

The state legislature, dominated by Democrats, stripped the Governor's office of many of its powers during his administration, returning most to the Governor once the Democrats regained the Governorship in 1977.

Holshouser supported Pres. Ford in his 1976 primary campaign against Ronald Reagan. Conservative Republicans in North Carolina supported Reagan and engineered Reagan's first primary win of 1976. At the Republican state convention of 1976, Reagan supporters stopped Holshouser from serving as a delegate to the Republican National Convention.




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Jun 17, 2013 01:00pm Obituary Former Gov. Jim Holshouser dies  Article IndyGeorgia 

Importance? 8.00000 Average


  11/07/1972 NC Governor Won 51.00% (+2.55%)
  06/03/1972 NC Governor - R Runoff Won 50.65% (+1.29%)
  05/06/1972 NC Governor - R Primary Won 49.03% (+0.00%)
  11/03/1964 NC State House - Watauga County Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
NC District 8 - R Primary - May 04, 2010 R Lou Huddleston
NC Governor- R Primary - May 06, 2008 R Patrick L. "Pat" McCrory
NC US President - R Primary - Mar 23, 1976 R Gerald R. Ford