Wesley Bolin

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Wesley Bolin
Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza.jpg
A view of the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza
15th Governor of Arizona
In office
October 20, 1977 – March 4, 1978
Preceded by Raul Hector Castro
Succeeded by Bruce Babbitt
12th Secretary of State of Arizona
In office
January 3, 1949 – October 20, 1977
Governor Dan Edward Garvey
John Howard Pyle
Ernest McFarland
Paul Fannin
Samuel Pearson Goddard, Jr.
Jack Williams
Raul Hector Castro
Preceded by Curtis Williams
Succeeded by Rose Perica Mofford
Personal details
Born (1909-07-01)July 1, 1909
near Butler, Missouri
Died March 4, 1978(1978-03-04) (aged 68)
Phoenix, Arizona
Resting place Arizona State Capitol Grounds

Phoenix, Arizona

Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Marion Elizabeth Wallinder
Children 5
Alma mater Phoenix College
Profession Business
Religion Congregationalist

Wesley Bolin (July 1, 1909 – March 4, 1978) was a Democratic Party politician who served as the 15th Governor of the U.S. state of Arizona between 1977 and 1978. His five months in office mark the shortest term in office for any Arizona governor.

Born on a farm near Butler, Missouri, Bolin moved with his family to Phoenix, Arizona, at the age of six. He worked with several business firms in the Salt River Valley before being elected constable of West Phoenix Precinct in 1938. From 1943 until 1948, Bolin was justice of the peace of the West Phoenix Precinct court.

He served over 28 years as Arizona Secretary of State (13 consecutive terms). He was first elected to the state's second highest-post in 1948 and re-elected in 1950, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970 and again in 1974.

He succeeded to the governorship after the previous governor, Raul Hector Castro, was named ambassador to Argentina by President Jimmy Carter. Under Arizona law, the Secretary of State was first in line to fill a vacancy in the governor's office. Bolin was Secretary of State for Arizona from 1949 until he assumed the office of Governor, and remains the longest-serving Secretary of State in Arizona history.[1]

Bolin died in office at the age of 68 in 1978 and was succeeded by Bruce Babbitt. The Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza near the capitol in Phoenix, Arizona, was named after him, and has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride.[2]


  1. ^ Arizona Secretaries of State Since Statehood
  2. ^ "Phoenix Points of Pride". Retrieved October 18, 2006. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Curtis Williams
Arizona Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Rose Perica Mofford
Preceded by
Raúl Héctor Castro
Governor of Arizona
October 1977 – March 1978
Succeeded by
Bruce Babbitt