[Adapted from the Springfield Republican, February 3, 1922.]
Was Baptist Minister at One Time and Also Member of Massachusetts House.
Rev. Charles T. Holt, 77, a retired clergyman and former member of the Massachusetts House from the old 6th Hampden District, died yesterday noon at the home of his daughter Mrs. Mabel L. Putney of 153 Fort Pleasant avenue. He had been in failing health for three years, but until recently had preached regularly in Wales.
Mr. Holt was born in Petersham in 1845, the son of Daniel and Sophronia Briggs Holt, descendants of early settlers of that town. Mr. Holt’s grandfather, Thomas Holt, was pastor of the church in Hardwick many years.
When a young man Mr. Holt came to this city and soon after locating here established himself in the coal business. He was a coal dealer for many years in Springfield and West Springfield.
He became a member of the old First Baptist church soon after coming to this city, and was actively engaged in religious work for a long period. He was one of the founders of the First Baptist church in West Springfield. He was for many years a member of the State-street Baptist church.
His desire to carry on religious work prompted him to study for the ministry. He entered Newton Theological seminary and was graduated in 1879. He had pastorates in Manchester, Mass., and East Brookfield. On account of impaired health he gave up active pastorates and came to Springfield, where he was for a long period district supervisor of agents for the Mutual Life Insurance company of New York.
He became interested in politics and serves in the Legislature from 1906 to 1912. He was chairman of the committees on insurance and rivers and harbors and served on the committee on military aid and pensions.
During a long period in his later life he preached as a supply, occupying pulpits in various churches in the absence of regular pastors. He was a man of good public spirit and deeply interested in the civic betterment. He had a wide circle of friends.
He was a member of E. K. Wilcox Grand Army post and Hampden Lodge of Masons. He leaves besides his daughter, a widow, Mrs. Emma Lamohear Holt of Wales, and two grandchildren, Lidora and Beatrice Putney. Mr. Holt was twice married, the first wife, who was Mary Upson of Westfield, having died in 1899.
The funeral will be at the home of Mrs. Putney Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock with services by Rev. Herbert E. Thayer. The burial will be in Tatham cemetery, West Springfield.
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