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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The first woman to hold a statewide officer in West Virginia has turned 100.

Helen F. Holt celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday.

Former Gov. Cecil Underwood appointed Holt as secretary of state in 1957 following the death of D. Pitt O'Brien. She served until 1959.

Holt also served in the House of Delegates from 1955 to 1956. She was appointed to fill the unexpired term of her husband, Rush Holt, following his death.

She also served in the Federal Housing Administration and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant says Holt was a trailblazer in West Virginia.

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller says she has spent her life serving others.

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