William Holden (politician)

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William Holden, California Lieutenant Governor.

William Holden (c. 1824 - June 3, 1884) was the 11th Lieutenant Governor of California, 1867-1871.


Holden was born in Kentucky.[1] He studied law, attained admission to the bar in 1845, and practiced in Johnson County.[1]

He relocated to California in 1850, settled in Stanislaus County, and worked as a farmer and merchant in addition to practicing law.[1] A Democrat, he became active in politics, and served in both the California State Assembly (1857-1858), (1865-1866), (1881-1882) and California State Senate (1858-1860), (1862-1864).[1]

In 1866, Holden ran successfully for Lieutenant Governor, and served from 1867 to 1871.[2]

Holden died in Healdsburg, California on June 3, 1884.[2]





Political offices
Preceded by
Tim N. Machin
Lieutenant Governor of California
Succeeded by
Romualdo Pacheco