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HOLT, John Nannders, author, born in Mobile, Alabama, 5 December, 1826; died in Natchez, Mississippi, 27 February, 1886. He removed with his father, when an infant, to Woodville, Mississippi, and was educated in New Orleans and Centre college, Danville, Kentucky In 1846 he joined a Mississippi regiment of volunteers under Colonel Jefferson Davis, and served as a private in the Mexican war, receiving honorable mention for bravery at Buena Vista. After studying law, he was licensed to practise in Woodville, Mississippi, in 1848, and resided there until his removal to New Orleans in 1851. He returned to Woodville in 1857, and throughout the civil war served as lieutenant in the Confederate army. At its close he resumed the practice of law. His novels, which are intended to portray various phases of southern character, are written under the pen-name of "Abraham Page," and are entitled "The Life of Abraham Page, Esq." (Philadelphia, 1868); "What I know about Ben Eccles, by Abraham Page" (1869); and "The Quines" (1870).
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