William Holt (mayor)

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William Holt (1737–1791)[1] was a Colonial American mayor of Williamsburg, Virginia from 1776 to 1777 and again from 1782 to 1783.[2]

Holt was born in Virginia the son of David and Margaret Holt. His brother John Holt also was mayor of Williamsburg. He married Mary Steward. He started a Presbyterian settlement in New Kent County, with the Reverend John Jeffrey Smith and owned several mills and a forge in a five hundred acre (2 km²) tract of land.

On November 16, 1761, Holt became a member of the Commission of the Peace for York Co., Virginia.[1] He served on the commission until 1771, when he became a justice for James City Co., Virginia.[1]

His children were Elizabeth (1762), William (1765), Daniel, Henry, Samuel, Jane, Mary and John Holt.

Holt was made the quarter master of Williamsburg's militia in 1762.[1] In 1776, Holt began his year-long term as the mayor of Williamsburg and on December 17, 1776, he was appointed to the Admiralty Court by the Virginia legislature.[1]

His daughter Elizabeth is said to have married William Coleman who would also become a mayor of Williamsburg and his daughter Jane married Rev. Samuel Davies October 4, 1748.

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Political offices
Preceded by
incomplete record
Mayor of Williamsburg, Virginia
1776–1777
Succeeded by
incomplete record
Preceded by
Samuel Griffin
Mayor of Williamsburg, Virginia
1782–1783
Succeeded by
William Finnie