John A. Bolles

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John Augustus Bolles[1]
8th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth[1]
In office
Preceded by John P. Bigelow
Succeeded by John G. Palfrey
Personal details
Born April 16, 1809[1]
Ashford, Connecticut[1]
Died May 25, 1878 (1878-05-26) (aged 69)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place Forest Hills Cemetery Jamaica Plain Massachusetts
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Catherine Hartwell Dix, m. November 11, 1834.[1]
Alma mater Brown University, 1829, M.A. 1832[1]
Profession Lawyer[1]
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Union Army
Years of service January 30, 1862[1]-July 17, 1865[2]
Rank Union army maj rank insignia.jpg Major[1]
Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Bvt. Brigadier General
Unit VII Corps[1]
Commands Aide de Camp to John Adams Dix,[1] and Judge Advocate[1]
Battles/wars Battle of South Mountain,[2] American Civil War

John Augustus Bolles (April 16, 1809 – May 25, 1878) was an American politician who, from 1843–1844, served as the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth. He also served as a staff officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War and was brevetted to Brigadier General.[2]

He was a member of the Boston Vigilance Committee, an organization that assisted fugitive slaves.[3]


Bolles died on May 25, 1878 in Washington, D.C., he was buried in Forest Hills Cemetery in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Bolles, John Augustus (1865), Genealogy of the Bolles Family in America., Boston, MA: Henry W. Dutton & Son, p. 28.
  2. ^ a b c d Eicher, John (2002), Civil War High Commands, Redwood City, California: Stanford University Press, p. 136.
  3. ^ Bearse, Austin (1880). Reminiscences of Fugitive-Slave Law Days in Boston. Boston: Warren Richardson. p. 3. Free to read
Political offices
Preceded by
John P. Bigelow
8th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
Succeeded by
John G. Palfrey