Lucius Bolles

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Lucius Bolles, D.D., S.T.D. (September 25, 1779 – January 5, 1844), sixth child of Rev. David Bolles, was born at Ashford, Connecticut. He was an 1801 graduate of Brown University and a student of theology three years with Dr. Samuel Stillman, of Boston, Massachusetts. He served more than 22 years as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Salem, Massachusetts, and Corresponding Secretary of the Baptist Board of Foreign Missions fourteen years. He was one of the founders of Newton Theological Institution.[1]

When American foreign missionary Adoniram Judson arrived in Burma after a change of views concerning baptism while aboard ship from the United States, he wrote to the Baptist church in Salem seeking financial support from Baptists and Bolles organized a fundraising effort for him.

He married his cousin Lydia, daughter of Deacon John Bolles of Hartford, Connecticut, on September 8, 1805, and had four children: (1) Lucius Stillman Bolles, pastor of the Baptist Church at Lynn, Massachusetts; (2) John E. Bolles; (3) William C. Bolles; and (4) Lydia A. Bolles. He died in Boston in 1844.


  1. ^ Hovey, Alvah, Historical Address Delivered at the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Newton Theological Institution, June 8, 1875 (Boston, 1875)


  • Sermon at the Dedication of the First Baptist Meeting-house, Salem [Massachusetts], January 1, 1806 (Boston, 1806)
  • Discourse before the Members of the Salem Female Charitable Society, September 27, 1810 (Salem, 1810)
  • Sermon at Newburyport December 9, 1818, at the Ordination of the Rev. Hosea Wheeler [over] the Baptist Church (Newburyport, 1819)

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