William Compton Bolton

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Commodore William Compton Bolton (died 1849), born William Bolton Finch, was an officer in the United States Navy during the mid-19th century.

As William Bolton Finch, he commanded Vincennes on her around-the-world voyage.

He changed his name to William Compton Bolton in 1833. Bolton commanded the Pensacola Navy Yard from 1836-7. In 1848, he was the commander of the Mediterranean Squadron and later the Africa Squadron in the sloop-of-war USS Jamestown.

He died in 1849.

His widow, Mary H. Lynch Bolton, married Charles Wilkes on October 3, 1854. Commodore Bolton sat on Wilkes' court-marital board in 1842.