BOLTON, Chester Castle

BOLTON, Chester Castle
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1882–1939

Biography

BOLTON, Chester Castle, (husband of Frances P. Bolton and father of Oliver P. Bolton), a Representative from Ohio; born in Cleveland, Ohio, September 5, 1882; attended the public schools; was graduated from the University School, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1901 and from Harvard University in 1905; employed in the steel industry in Cleveland 1905-1917; member of the Ohio National Guard 1905-1915; commissioned a captain in the Reserve Corps and ordered into active service in March 1917; detailed first to the War Industries Board, then served as aide to the Assistant Secretary of War; transferred to the General Staff in 1917; promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and detailed to the One Hundred and First Division as Assistant Chief of Staff; discharged in December 1918; returned to Cleveland, Ohio, and served as a director of several large business corporations; also engaged in raising and breeding cattle; member of the Lyndhurst Village Council 1918-1921; served in the State senate 1923-1928, serving as president pro tempore in 1927 and 1928; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1928; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-first and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1929-January 3, 1937); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress; served as chairman of the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee in 1934 and 1936; resumed his former business pursuits; elected to the Seventy-sixth Congress and served from January 3, 1939, until his death in Cleveland, Ohio, October 29, 1939; interment in Lake View Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Ohio Historical Society

Columbus, OH
Papers: In the Maurice Maschke Papers, 1924-1936, 0.25 cubic foot. Other authors include Chester Bolton.
Papers: In the Charles M. Shipman Papers, 1897-1982, 0.25 cubic foot. Other authors include Chester C. Bolton.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg Papers, 1884-1974, 8 linear feet and 25 volumes. Other authors include Chester Castle Bolton. A finding aid is available in the library.

Western Reserve Historical Society

Cleveland, OH
Papers: 1916-1943, 6.62 linear feet. The Chester Bolton collection documents his tenure in the Ordnance Department, the War Industries Board, and attendance at the Army War College during World War I; records relating to Chester Bolton's membership on Ohio State Senate committees (1922-1928); U.S. House of Representatives records (1928-1940), consisting of campaign files, committee files, correspondence, personal journals, material on redistricting, speeches, and service on the National Republican Congressional Committee (1932-34); personal papers consisting of correspondence and memorials; and scrapbooks and newspaper clippings (1924-1940). A register is available in the library.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

United States. 76th Cong., 3d sess., 1940. House. Memorial services held in the House of Representatives of the United States, together with remarks presented in eulogy of Chester Castle Bolton, late a Representative from Ohio, Seventy-sixth Congress, third session. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1941.

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