James Holshouser Jr., 1973-77 governor

June 18, 2013 

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 Scott’s cigarette and soft-drink tax.

1972: Wins governor’s 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 Hill’s School of Government creates the James E. Holshouser Jr. Distinguished Professorship.

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