JOSEPH C. HOLMAN, of Farmington, is a native of Oxford County, Maine, having been
born at Dixfleld, March 16, 1845. He is of patriotic ancestry— a descendant, in the third generation, of Col. Jonathan
Holman, of Sutton, Mass., a hero of the French and Indian and the Revolutionary Wars, who long before the fight
at Lexington had formed a band of minute-men, and when the news of that engagement was received, with his men sprang
to the saddle and rode all night to take part in the battle. Later he was made Colonel of the Massachusetts Fifth,
a regiment which did much valiant service, including a part in the important battle of Saratoga. On a trip to his
sons in Dixfield, he learned, in Boston, that peace had been made with the British, and he hurried on to Portland.
arriving there some hours ahead of the express, thus having the great satisfaction of being the first to announce
to the people of Maine the news of the victorious close of the war.
Mr. Holman’s early education was acquired in the district schools of his native town, while his higher education
was gained in the high schools, supplemented by two terms at Maine Wesleyan, Seminary, Kent’s Hill. Resolving upon
the practice of the law as his permanent profession, he early began to fit himself for its duties. So diligently
had he pursued his studies in his chosen profession that, in x866, when only twenty-one, he was, after a close
examination, admitted to the Bar in Oxford County. He at once entered actively upon the practice of law, locating
at Phillips, Franklin County. Here he succeeded in building up a good business and soon became prominent in his
profession and also in town affairs. While a resident of Phillips he was Town Clerk, a member of the School Committee,
and one of the principal promoters of the Phillips Savings Bank, of which institution he was Treasurer while he
remained in the town.
In 1873 Mr. Holman was elected Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for Franklin County, when he removed to the
county seat at Farmington, where he has continued to reside to the present time. Since becoming a resident of that
town he has devoted himself closely to the duties of his profession, and to-day is recognized as a leader at the
Franklin County Bar, having, probably, as large a practice as any of his associates at that Bar.
Since his removal to Farmington, Mr. Holman has filled many offices of honor and trust, through the favor of his
fellow-citizens. He was Clerk of Courts six years and County Attorney two terms. He has been on the Board of Selectmen,
Assessors, and Overseers of the Poor; was Judge of ‘the Municipal Court of the Town of Farmington one year, when
he resigned to devote his whole time to his profession. Mr. Holman was one of the Trustees of the Franklin County
Savings Bank for fourteen years, and is now President of the First National Bank of Farmington. He was elected
to the Maine Senate in 1892, and took a prominent part in its proceedings. He was placed on the Committee on Railroads;
was chairman of the Committee on Banks and Banking, and on Inland Fisheries and Game, and was a member of several
special and select committees of the Senate, on all of which he did faithful service.
Mr. Holman has just reason for feeling gratified at the position he has attained in his profession, by industry
and perseverance, having had to rely mainly upon his own efforts for success, and also at his good standing in
the community in which he has lived and been an active worker for twenty years. He takes a lively interest in every
enterprise calculated to advance the prosperity of his town and county, and is widely known and recognized as a
leading citizen of both. He is a success as a lawyer, as a representative of others’ interests, as a manager of
financial affairs, and especially so in the higher duties of good citizenship.
July 1, 1877, Mr. Holman was married to Mittie Frances Currier, -daughter of the late Alvin Currier of Farmington.