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|Death||128 years ago|
|Date of birth||January 6,1807|
|Date of died||August 1,1894|
|Books||Memoirs of Joseph Holt: General of the Irish Rebels, in 1798|
|Previous position||United States Secretary of War , United States Postmaster General (1859–1860)|
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Joseph Holt was an American lawyer, soldier, and politician. As a leading member of the Buchanan administration, he succeeded in convincing Buchanan to oppose the secession of the South. He returned to Kentucky and successfully battled the secessionist element thereby helping to keep Kentucky in the Union.