Ex-North Carolina Gov. Jim Holshouser dies at 78

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1976 file photo, pausing for a picture under the big guns of the decommissioned battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, N.C., is Republican vice presidential candidate Robert Dole, second from left, North Carolina Gov. Jim Holshouser, left, Sen. Jesse Helms, second from right, and on the right is David Flaherty, Republican candidate for governor of North Carolina. Holshouser, who was North Carolina's first Republican governor of the 20th century and then gave early support to Pat McCrory, the first GOP governor of this century, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at age 78. Holshouser had been in declining health before he died at First Health of the Carolinas Medical Center in Pinehurst, his family said in a release through McCrory's office. (AP Photo/Harold Valentine, File)
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1976 file photo, pausing for a picture under the big guns of the decommissioned …

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jim Holshouser, who was North Carolina's first Republican governor elected in the 20th century, has died. He was 78.

In a statement released by Gov. Pat McCrory's office, Holshouser's family said he had been in declining health before he died Monday at First Health of the Carolinas Medical Center in Pinehurst.

Holshouser was a state legislator who became North Carolina's youngest governor at age 38 when he was swept into office by President Richard Nixon's 1972 electoral landslide. He served a single term.

He is remembered for establishing rural health clinics, laying the plan for a criminal justice information system and reorganizing state government. He spoke against the death penalty for religious reasons.

Holshouser was an early supporter of McCrory, who became the state's first GOP governor of this century.

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