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Thomas BOLES

(1837-1905)

BOLES, Thomas, a Representative from Arkansas; born near Clarksville, Johnson County, Ark., July 16, 1837; attended the common schools; taught school for several years; sheriff of Yell County in 1858; deputy clerk of the circuit court of Yell County in 1859 and 1860; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1860 and commenced practice in Danville, Ark.; during the Civil War served as captain of Company E, Third Regiment, Arkansas Volunteer Cavalry; judge of the fourth judicial circuit from 1865 to April 20, 1868, when he resigned; upon the readmission of Arkansas to representation was elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress; reelected to the Forty-first Congress and served from June 22, 1868, until March 3, 1871; successfully contested the election of John Edwards to the Forty-second Congress and served from February 9, 1872, until March 3, 1873; was not a candidate for renomination in 1872; resumed the practice of law at Dardanelle, Ark.; served many years as school director and alderman; appointed receiver of the land office at Dardanelle by President Hayes in February 1878; United States marshal for the western district of Arkansas 1881-1889; delegate to every Republican State convention from the organization of the party until his death; clerk of the United States Circuit Court for the Eighth Judicial Circuit from September 1897 until his death in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Ark., March 13, 1905; interment in Brealey Cemetery, Dardanelle, Ark.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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