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Much is said about Senator George Smathers, while Holland rates only incidental mention.

Holland was anti-labor, anti-communist, pro states rights, and according to some fellow senators, a more sincere racist than either Eastland or Thurmond. He is best known for getting through a constitutional amendment banning the use of Poll Taxes in Federal Elections. This tax was largely seen as disenfranchising black voters. However, that was not Holland's concern. His problem with it was that it allowed politicians to buy votes by paying the poll tax for those who couldn't. His other major contribution was in assisting Big Oil with the Tidelands Act.

Holland was the quiet, studious type - the type every mother will tell you are the ones to look out for. Is Holland an exception to that rule? Any one know any more about him?

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Much is said about Senator George Smathers, while Holland rates only incidental mention.

Holland was anti-labor, anti-communist, pro states rights, and according to some fellow senators, a more sincere racist than either Eastland or Thurmond. He is best known for getting through a constitutional amendment banning the use of Poll Taxes in Federal Elections. This tax was largely seen as disenfranchising black voters. However, that was not Holland's concern. His problem with it was that it allowed politicians to buy votes by paying the poll tax for those who couldn't. His other major contribution was in assisting Big Oil with the Tidelands Act.

Holland was the quiet, studious type - the type every mother will tell you are the ones to look out for. Is Holland an exception to that rule? Any one know any more about him?

Greg,

It took awhile but I found it.

James

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Much is said about Senator George Smathers, while Holland rates only incidental mention.

Holland was anti-labor, anti-communist, pro states rights, and according to some fellow senators, a more sincere racist than either Eastland or Thurmond. He is best known for getting through a constitutional amendment banning the use of Poll Taxes in Federal Elections. This tax was largely seen as disenfranchising black voters. However, that was not Holland's concern. His problem with it was that it allowed politicians to buy votes by paying the poll tax for those who couldn't. His other major contribution was in assisting Big Oil with the Tidelands Act.

Holland was the quiet, studious type - the type every mother will tell you are the ones to look out for. Is Holland an exception to that rule? Any one know any more about him?

Greg,

It took awhile but I found it.

James

Thanks James. Obits are nearly always are a good starting point for further research.

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