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Re: Judge George Holt, Montgomery Co., OH
Posted by: Kaye Watson Date: January 25, 2001 at 16:19:00
In Reply to: Judge George Holt, Montgomery Co., OH by michael burrowes safranek of 1108

P. 472 & 477 of the History of Montgomery County reads:

The next to don the judicial ermine on the Montgomery County bench was Hon. George B. Holt, a native of Norflk, Litchfield Co., Conn., born in the year 1790. In early manhood he entered the law school of Judges Reeve & Gould, in Litchfield, and in 1812 was licensed to practice. In 1819, he arrived in Dayton, then a small village, and the following year opened an office as attorney at law. In 1822, Mr. Holt established, and for three years conducted the Miami Republican. In the fall of 1824, he was elected to the Legislature, and participated in the passage of laws which rendered that session one of the most important ever held in Ohio. Among the most important measures adopted was the ad valorem system of taxation. The columns of ihs paper had been employed by Mr. Holt in favor of a canal communication between the lakes and the Ohio River, a measure which had excited a bitter opposition. During this session the canal law was passed under which the Ohio and Miami canals were commenced, and the policy of the State in favor of internal improvements were considered settled. Mr. Holt was a member of the committee to which the subject of a school system was referred, and the bill reported by them passed into a law, which established the present common school system of Ohio. In 1825, he was re-elected to the Legislature, and in 1827 was elected to the State Senate for a term of two years, and was Chairman of the Committee on Internal Improvements. During the last session, in 1828, he was elected Presiding Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and served for the constitutional trem of seven years. After the expiration of his term on the bench, under appointment of the court, he served one year as Prosecuting Attorney of Montgomery County, one year in Mercer County, and two terms in the county of Van Wert. At the legislative session of 1842-43, he was again called to the bench, and served out the constitutional term. Part of the interval between his first and second terms on the bench was spent in agriculture and stock-growing, spending much money in improving the breed of cattle, introducing the first thoroughbred Short-Horn Durham stock into the counties of Montgomery, Mercer and Miami. He was for a time President of the Montgomery County Agricultural Society and in 1849, at the time of the cholera epidemic, was chosen as President of the Board of Health. In 1850, Judge Holt was elected a member of the Constitutional Convention, was Chairman of the Committee on Jurisprudence, and took a prominent part in framing the present Constitution of Ohio. This service ended his official career, and although he partially resumed the practice of his profession, with advancing years spent much of his time in his favorite occupation of gardening. Politically, Judge Holt was for many years a Democrat; but in later life acted with the Republican party, and was firm and decided for the Union. Before leaving his native State, he had united with the Congregational Church, but for more than twenty-five years previous to his death, he was a member of the Presbyterian faith. On the organization of the Montgomery County Pioneer Society, Judge Holt was chosen its President and retained that office until his death, which occurred on hte evening of October 30, 1871, in his eighty-second year. He was married in 1821 to Miss Mary Blodget, second daughter of Dr. William Blodget, who with three daughters, still survive him.


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