Lewis P. Olds

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Lewis P. Olds was a North Carolina lawyer and politician who served as North Carolina Attorney General in 1869-1870.

In 1868, he was offered the presidency of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kemp P. Battle wrote, "As there was no treasury in sight from which a salary could be drawn, Mr. Olds wisely declined [the offer of the presidency]."[1] According to Battle, Olds was the son-in-law of then-Governor William W. Holden. He represented Wake County in the North Carolina Senate in 1870-71, when he voted against removing his father-in-law from office.[2][3]

President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Olds to be U.S. consul to St. Helena.,[4] where he served in 1876 and 1877.


Legal offices
Preceded by
William M. Coleman
Attorney General of North Carolina
Succeeded by
William M. Shipp