A. Linwood Holton Jr.
Abner Linwood Holton, Jr. (born September 21, 1923) was the 61st Governor of Virginia, and the first Republican governor since Reconstruction. He was governor from 1970 to 1974. Holton was a member of the mountain-valley Republican Party (GOP) that fought the Byrd Organization and was not in favor of welcoming conservative Democrats into the Virginia Republican Party. Holton was the Republican candidate for governor in 1965 but was defeated by Democrat Mills E. Godwin, Jr.. In 1969 Holton won the gubernatorial election, becoming the first Republican governor of Virginia since 1869, a span of 100 years. In 1970, when forced busing was an issue in Virginia, Holton voluntarily placed his children (including future First Lady of Virginia Anne Holton) in the mostly African-American Richmond public schools garnering much publicity. As governor he pushed hard to field Republican candidates in all statewide races instead of endorsing conservative alternatives. When Harry F. Byrd, Jr. broke ranks with the increasingly liberal Virginia Democratic party and ran as an independent for the U.S. Senate in 1970, Holton insisted on running a Republican candidate rather than endorsing an  ( Wikipedia article )
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