Elmer Holt

Elmer Holt
10th Governor of Montana
In office
December 15, 1935  January 4, 1937
Lieutenant William P. Pilgeram
Preceded by Frank H. Cooney
Succeeded by Roy E. Ayers
Personal details
Born (1884-10-14)October 14, 1884
Savannah, Missouri, U.S.
Died March 1, 1945(1945-03-01) (aged 60)
Helena, Montana, U.S.
Political party Democratic

William Elmer Holt (October 14, 1884 – March 1, 1945) was an American politician. He served as the tenth Governor of Montana from 1935 to 1937.[1]


Holt was born in Savannah, Missouri,and moved with his family to a ranch in Miles City, Montana.[2] He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1902. He married Lora Howe and they had two children.[3]


Holt was elected to the Montana House of Representatives in 1912, and served one term. He was a member of the Montana State Senate from 1933 to 1935, and was chosen as president pro tempore in 1935. He became governor upon the death of Governor Frank Henry Cooney on December 15, 1935.[4] Holt was defeated for reelection in 1936. He served as the delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana in 1936.[5]

Holt retired from political life, and later served as a land agent for Northern Pacific Railroad in Seattle, Washington.[6]


Holt died on March 1, 1945, in Helena, Montana. He is interred in Portland, Oregon.[7]


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  2. "Elmer Holt". National Governors Association. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  3. "Elmer Holt". National Governors Association. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  4. "William Elmer Holt". Montana Historical Society. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  5. "Holt, William Elmer (1884-1945)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  6. "Montana Governor William Elmer Holt". National Governors Association. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  7. "Montana Former State Governors". Netstate.com. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Henry Cooney
Governor of Montana
Succeeded by
Roy E. Ayers
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