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Stephen Bolles (June 25, 1866 – July 8, 1941) was an American politician, a newspaper editor, and a congressman from Wisconsin.[1]

Stephen Bolles
Stephen Bolles (Wisconsin Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1939 – July 8, 1941
Preceded byThomas Ryum Amlie
Succeeded byLawrence H. Smith
Personal details
BornJune 25, 1866
Springboro, Pennsylvania
DiedJuly 8, 1941(1941-07-08) (aged 75)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Aimee Carreras Wall Bolles

Early lifeEdit

Born in Springboro, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, Bolles attended the public schools; was graduated from the State Normal School of Pennsylvania at Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, in 1888 and from the law department of Milton College, Milton, Wisconsin.


In his early career, Bolles worked as reporter, correspondent, managing editor, and publisher of newspapers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York from 1893 to 1901. Along with Mark Bennett, he was a superintendent of the press department of the Pan-American Exposition at Buffalo, New York, in 1901;[2] and was reportedly among those with President William McKinley when the President was assassinated while visiting the Exposition.

Bolles was managing editor of the Buffalo Enquirer in 1902 and 1903; superintendent of graphic arts of the St. Louis Exposition from 1903 to 1905; director of publicity of the Jamestown Exposition in 1907. He was engaged as a special writer and also in private business, including the "brokerage" business, in Atlanta, Georgia from 1907 to 1919. In 1920, he moved to Janesville, Wisconsin, as editor of the Janesville Gazette[3] and remained until 1939.

Elected to the 76th and the 77th United States Congress as a Republican, Bolles served as United States Representative for the first district of Wisconsin from January 3, 1939, until his death in 1941. As Congressman, Bolles fiercely opposed to Lend-Lease and tried to exclude the Soviet Union from the Lend-Lease program.


Bolles died in Washington, D.C. on July 8, 1941 (age 75 years, 13 days). He is interred at Oak Hill Cemetery, Janesville, Wisconsin. His grandchildren include Don Bolles, an investigative journalist murdered in 1976, author Richard Nelson Bolles, philosophy professor David L. Bolles, and author Edmund Blair Bolles.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Stephen Bolles, Wisconsin Historical Society
  2. ^ "Stephen Bolles". University at Buffalo. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Stephen Bolles". The Milwaukee Journal – Feb 24, 1920. Retrieved 28 November 2013.

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