Thomas Michael Holt
American politicianDied when: 64 years 271 days (776 months)
Star Sign: Cancer
Thomas Michael Holt (July 15, 1831 – April 11, 1896) was an American industrialist who served as the 47th governor of North Carolina from 1891 to 1893.
Formerly a North Carolina State Senator and Speaker of the House of the North Carolina General Assembly, Holt was instrumental in the founding of North Carolina State University, as well as in establishing several railroads within the state and the state's department of agriculture.
Holt was also responsible for the technology behind the family's Holt Mills "Alamance Plaids", the first colored cotton goods produced in the South – a development that revolutionized the Southern textile industry.
Thomas M.Holt AF & AM Masonic Lodge, located in Graham, NC, is named in honor of the former governor.