John Hunter Holt
Historical Highway Marker
Page 204 of A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers
Main Street South of Commerical Place
City of Norfolk
John Hunter Holt was editor of The Virginia Gazette or Norfolk Intelligencer, Norfolk's first newspaper, when the British seized its press in 1775. Holt retaliated by joining the Revolutionary Army. He later worked with John Dixon in publishing the Richmond Virginia Gazette and Independent Chronicle.
TEXT OF HIGHWAY MARKER
"Norfolk's first newspaper, The Virginia Gazette or Norfolk Intelligencer, was put out of business when its press was seized by British troops near this spot on September 30, 1775. The editor, John Hunter Holt, who had defied Governor Dunmore, then volunteered for service in the Revolutionary Army. He died in Richmond June 8, 1787."