William Woods Holden Election Handbill
Source: Benjamin B. Winborne Papers #691-005, East Carolina Manuscript Collection
Staff Person: Dale Sauter
Today’s staff pick features an original handbill (circa 1868) promoting the election of William Woods Holden for Governor and Tod Robinson Caldwell for the first ever position of Lieutenant Governor in North Carolina. They were both elected to office. Holden (1818-1892) was the only Chief Executive in North Carolina history to be impeached and removed from office (and the first in the nation to endure that indignity.) Holden was posthumously and unanimously pardoned by the North Carolina Senate in 2011.