HISTORY OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

Biographical Appendix

  

Hon. A. W. Holloman

Hon. A. W. Holloman, presiding judge of the county court, of Iron County, was born in Raleigh, N.C., January 1, 1805 and is the eldest of eight children born to his parents, Edmund and Mary (Barrett) Holloman, both of whom were born and reared in N.C.  In 1810 the father moved to Upper Louisiana Territory, as it was then called, and landed at Cape Girardeau in the fall of that year. Here he remained until 1811, and it was during this year that the great earthquake occurred. In the fall of 1812 Edmund Holloman removed to Ste. Genevieve County, where he continued to reside until his death. His son, A.W. Holloman, received the best education that schools at that day afforded. In 1825 he commenced business for himself as a farmer, and also engaged in the sawmill business, which he carried on for several years. In October 1830, he married Miss Lucinda Holmes, daughter of Capt. William Holmes, who came to this country in 1802, before the change of government. To Mr. and Mrs. Holloman was born a large family -- six sons and five daughters--seven now living: John W., Thomas E., Robert F., Joel B., Mary A., Lucinda J., and Josie. In 1838 Mr. Holloman was elected to the Legislature from Ste. Genevieve County, on the Democratic ticket, running Benton or no Benton, and when the Legislature met he assisted in electing Col. Thomas H. Benton to the United States Senate.  At that time the parties were nearly equally divided between the Democrats and Whigs.  The candidate for representative on the Democratic ticket had withdrawn, and left the field clear for his Whig opponent.  Mr. Holloman was induced to become a candidate, and beat his opponent, Dr. Shaw, by a majority of twenty votes. Previous to this, however, Mr. Holloman had filled several minor offices in this county, and served as postmaster under Post-master-Gen. Amos Kimball for several years. In 1846 he was elected one of the judges of the county court of Ste. Genevieve County, and served until the fall of 1849, when he moved to Arcadia Valley, for the purpose of educating his children. Here Mr. Holloman engaged in the sawmill and grist mill business, and united his efforts with other enterprising citizens of Arcadia Valley to build up the county, which was then Madison, but was changed to Iron County, in 1858.  Mr. Holloman was appointed surveyor by the county court and elected at the next general election, and has filled this office ever since with the exception of one year. 

In 1875, in the seventieth year of his age, he was chosen representative in the Twenty-eighth General Assembly, the responsible duties of which honorable position he filled in an able and efficient manner. He cast his first vote for Andrew Jackson for president, and has always been a stanch Democrat. His parents were Methodists, and his mother was a devoted Christian, which led him to believe that her church was right.  In 1844 he voted against the division of the church, but when the division took place he adhered to the southern branch, of which he is still a member. He is now in his eighty-fourth year, is still active, and is at present one of the county judges.  He can ride or walk almost as far as any young man, and even takes delight in getting on his horse and taking long rides.  He has surely been one of Iron County's most important citizens, being always ready to advance the interest of his fellow men and of his country.  He is a member of the Masonic fraternity.