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George Washington Bolton

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George Washington Bolton (September 15, 1841 - 1931) was a state legislator, businessman, and school board member in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.

He was born in DeKalb County, Georgia.[1] He served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1888 to 1896[2] and served as House Speaker from 1892 to 1896.[3]

A businessman and banker, founded the former Rapides Bank and Trust Company in Alexandria, Louisiana. It later merged into Bank One Corporation. In 1900, he was the first president of the Louisiana Bankers Association. He was one of the founders of Emmanuel Baptist Church in downtown Alexandria. G. W. Bolton served as a member of the Rapides Parish School Board.

He was a leading member of the Pineville mason fraternal organization.[4]

James W. Bolton was his son and Al Bolton his grandson.

Bolton High School in Alexandria is named for him.

The Louisiana Digital Library has a photograph of him.[5] A January 1863 letter he wrote to Malvina Bolton is also preserved.[6]

See also[edit]

  • List of speakers of the Louisiana House of Representatives


  1. Spletstoser, Fredrick Marcel (April 19, 2005). Talk of the Town: The Rise of Alexandria, Louisiana, and the Daily Town Talk. LSU Press. ISBN 9780807129340 – via Google Books. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. "Bankers Magazine". Bradford Rhodes. April 19, 1901 – via Google Books.
  3. Goodspeed, Weston Arthur (April 19, 1904). "Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Indian territory". Weston historical association – via Google Books.
  4. Representatives, Louisiana Legislature House of (April 19, 1908). "Official Journal of the Proceedings of the House of Representatives of the State of Louisiana". State of Louisiana. – via Google Books.
  5. "Photograph of George Washington Bolton". Louisiana Digital Library.
  6. "Letter from George Washington Bolton to Malvina Bolton January 26, 1863". Louisiana Digital Library.

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