Rachel Regina Holton defied gender roles in the Antebellum South to become the first female newspaper editor in the state and most likely the South. Born in Richmond, Virginia, she moved to Charlotte after marrying Thomas Jefferson Holton in 1834. Mr. Holton ran a paper called Miners and Farmers Journal, later to become The North Carolina Whig. Mr. Holton died in 1860 and Mrs. Holton met the challenge of editing a paper in her husband's absence. She continued to edit the paper for two years until she settled down to manage her real estate, which supplied her income until her death in 1905.