Police Officer Nathaniel Thomas Holt, Jr.

Police Officer Nathaniel Thomas Holt, Jr.

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, April 9, 1900

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Nathaniel Thomas Holt, Jr.

Police Officer Nathan Holt succumbed to gunshot wounds to the leg sustained four months earlier while off duty.

Officer Holt witnessed the ejection of three subjects from a saloon at Chestnut Street and 24th Street who were acting disorderly. One of the subjects held Officer Holt responsible for their ejection and returned to the area and shot Officer Holt multiple times in his legs.

Officer Holt was confined to a bed for his recovery and returned to work two months later. On March 27, he was boarding a trolley when both of his legs failed him, and he fell striking his head on a manhole cover. As part of the recovery, he was told to return to bed where he remained till he passed away due to complications two weeks later.

Police Officer Holt was assigned to the Fifth Police District and served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his mother.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, December 26, 1899
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

off duty, retaliation

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Officer Holt,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Philadelphia.


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April 9, 2020

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