James E. Holshouser Jr.
1934: Born Oct. 8 in Boone, N.C.
1956: Graduates from Davidson College.
1960: Receives degree from UNC Law School.
1961: Marries Patricia Ann Hollingsworth June 17.
1963-71: Serves in General Assembly.
1965: Is elected state House Minority leader.
1966: Becomes State Chairman of the Republican Party, the youngest in state history.
1969: Leads statewide campaign against Gov. Bob Scotts cigarette and soft-drink tax.
1972: Wins governors race.
1973: Appoints Grace Rohrer secretary of Cultural Resources, first female to hold a North Carolina Cabinet post.
1977: Elected chairman of the Southern Growth Policies Board.
1979: Elected to eight-year term on the UNC Board of Governors.
1986: Undergoes a kidney transplant.
1993: Receives the I.E. Ready Award, presented by the North Carolina Community Colleges Association.
1996: Serves as chairman of the UNC search committee that recommends Molly Broad to be new UNC system president.
2006: Receives the prestigious North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor the state bestows.
2006: Patricia Holshouser dies.
2012: Accepts appointment to the board of directors of the Office of Mortgage Settlement Oversight.
2012: UNC-Chapel Hills School of Government creates the James E. Holshouser Jr. Distinguished Professorship.