In 1969, Holton became Virginia’s first Republican governor-elect since 1881. His election marked the start of decades of stiff two-party competition as Virginia shed the remnants of Harry F’s segregationist Democratic “machine”. . Byrd Sr.
From Holton’s election to Republican Youngkin’s election on Nov. 2, Virginians have elected seven Republican governors and seven Democratic governors.
Holton was the stepfather of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., A Democrat who served as governor from 2006 to 2010. Anne Holton, another of the late governor’s four children, lived in the Executive Mansion as a child and then again as first lady.
Holton, born in Big Stone Gap, was renowned for his political perseverance. He lost two campaigns for the House of Delegates in the 1950s and his first gubernatorial candidacy in 1965, but defeated Democrat William Battle for governor in 1969.
He and his wife, Virginia Harrison Rogers, known as Jinks, were married in 1953.
In addition to his wife, Holton is survived by four children: Tayloe Loftus, physician in Syracuse, NY; Anne Holton, of Richmond, former judge and secretary of state for education; A. Linwood III, who is called Woody, historian and professor at the University of South Carolina; and Dwight, lawyer and former federal prosecutor in Portland, Oregon.