The State of Things
11:44 am
Fri March 25, 2011

A Pardon Interrupted

Former NC Governor William Holden

Host Frank Stasio talks with WRAL Capital Bureau Chief Laura Leslie about what's behind this dust-up over a 19th-century historical figure.

North Carolina Senator Neal Hunt, a Republican from Wake County, didn't anticipate much reaction from within his party when he proposed a resolution earlier this week to pardon William Holden, a North Carolina governor impeached in 1871. Reconstruction-era Democrats removed Holden from office after the governor sent troops to quell violence spurred by white supremacists in Caswell and Alamance counties.

The incident was known as the Kirk-Holden War. Hunt's move to pardon Holden spurred anonymous opponents to distribute a letter vilifying Holden in the Senate chamber. Now, the resolution has been sent to committee.

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