Date of Award

Spring 1972

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science


When the history of Virginia in the 20th Century is written, the emergence of the Republican Party as a force in its political affairs will surely rank among the more important events of the time. It is my purpose to examine this event , chiefly in terms of the role played by Abner Linwood Holton, Jr., in his long and successful effort to win election as Governor of Virginia. It is not my intention to say that Holton alone was responsible for the growth of Republicanism in Virginia in the 1960's, nor to suggest that it would not have come about without him. What will be made clear, I trust, is the extensive nature of the political change that swept the Old Dominion and the fact that Holton was the right politician in the right place at the right time to give it direction.