- John Holt (publisher)
John Holt was born in
Hanover County, Virginiain 1726 his parents being David and Margaret Dibnall Holt. He married Elizabeth Hunter the daughter of an associate and had at least two children Elizabeth born on April 19, 1746and John born in July of 1748.
For business purposes Holt built a 'new store' in Williamsburg on Duke of Gloucester Street in about 1745. He later sold the store in 1754 to William Waters who owned the store adjacent to his. Six years later Waters sold it Holt's younger brother William.
He was elected mayor of Williamsburg on
November 30, 1752and served for one term from 1753 to 1754. After his term as mayor was up he moved to New York City. Shortly thereafter, he became postmaster of New Haven, Connecticut.
January 1, 1755, James Parker and John Holt published the first newspaper in Connecticutcalled "The Connecticut Gazette".
In 1760, he moved back to New York City and was associated with the newspaper, "The New York Gazette". He died in New York City in 1784 and was buried in the church yard of St. Paul's Chapel where his grave is still visible.
John Hunter Holtwas a newspaper publisher in Virginia.
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* [http://www.pastportal.com/Archive/Research%20Reports/Html/RR1383.htm Archive]
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