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Arthur Key  Bolton

Arthur Key Bolton

Male 1922 - 1997  (75 years)

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  • Name Arthur Key Bolton 
    Arthur Key Bolton, Sr.
    Arthur Key Bolton, Sr.
    Herbert Alfred Bolton Family
    Herbert Alfred Bolton Family
    Back row, L to R: William Maddox (Mac) Bolton; Herbert Alfred and Fannie Willis Bolton; Ruby and Champ Vance; Arthur Key Bolton. Front row, L to R: Eunice Maddox Bolton; Marjorie Jewett (child); Mary Bolton McCall; H. M. Fletcher holding son, Herbert Maddox (Mac) Fletcher, and daughter Julia (Judy) Fletcher; Julia Bolton Fletcher; Eunice Bolton and husband Harold Alden (Tige) Jewett; and Dr. Mose McCall.
    Born 14 May 1922  Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Church Affiliation Baptist 
    Military 5 Aug 1943  Ft. McPherson, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Veterans: World War II
    Veterans: World War II
    Military 1943 - 1945 
    Purple Heart; Silver Star; American Defense and Victory medals 
    The Purple Heart
    The Purple Heart
    Military 06 Apr 1945  Paderborn, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Bolton seriously wounded in battle. 
    Civil 1949; 1958-1966 
    Georgia House of Representatives 
    Public Service
    Public Service
    Civil 1965-1981 
    Georgia Attorney General 
    Bolton, Arthur Key Sr.
    Bolton, Arthur Key Sr.
    Attorney General, State of Georgia (1965-1981); Georgia House of Representatives (1949-1965)
    SSN issued Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence Spalding Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Died 1 Dec 1997  Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4
    Buried 4 Dec 1997  Oak Hill Cemetery, Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Bolton, Arthur Key Sr.
    Bolton, Arthur Key Sr.
    Plot: Old Section
    Notes 
    • OBITUARY

      Former Attorney General Bolton dies

      BYLINE: Ron Martz STAFF WRITER
      DATE: December 3, 1997
      PUBLICATION: The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution
      EDITION: The Atlanta Constitution The Atlanta Journal
      SECTION: STATE NEWS
      PAGE: C1

      Arthur K. Bolton, the former Georgia attorney general described by lawyers who worked with him as a man of great courage and unquestioned integrity, died Monday at Spalding Regional Hospital at the age of 75.


      Bolton, a decorated World War II veteran who suffered constantly from pain as a result of combat wounds, was considered a tough-minded and sometimes ornery public official who backed down to no one but often was seen as a father figure by his young assistants. "He was fearless," said Daryl Robinson, deputy counsel to the attorney general who was hired by Bolton in 1976. "He was courageous. He was as fine a man as I have ever known."

      Michael Hobbs, counsel to the attorney general who was hired by Bolton in 1975, said the Griffin native "exemplified leadership and instilled probably the most well-defined sense of integrity and the need for integrity in our office that you could imagine."

      The immediate predecessor to Mike Bowers, Bolton was attorney general from 1965 to 1981 after serving as a member of the state House for 17 years.

      One of the last cases Bolton argued was before the Georgia Supreme Court and involved lawyers who were legislators representing clients in cases against the state. Bolton thought that a conflict of interest and argued vigorously that it should not be permitted.

      The court ruled in favor of Bolton, who represented the state.

      "That defined the sense of propriety that Mr. Bolton felt so deeply and imparted so strongly to those of us who were privileged to work with him," Hobbs said

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      Former attorney general dies

      Web posted December 3, 1997

      Associated Press

      GRIFFIN, Ga. -- Former Attorney General Arthur K. Bolton, who professionalized the state law department and battled to protect the public's right of access to the Georgia coast, has died. He was 75.

      Funeral services were scheduled for Thursday at First Baptist Church in Griffin.

      Bolton, who was attorney general from 1965 to 1981, died Monday from what the family described as a combination of health problems aggravated by wounds he received in World War II.

      Mike Bowers, who succeeded Bolton as attorney general, said Bolton had undergone intestinal surgery in October and November. He had been hospitalized for five weeks.

      Gov. Zell Miller said Tuesday that Bolton was "an outspoken, courageous visionary.''

      "He was a war hero who remained a great patriot with a deep love of his country and all the other values that made it great,'' said Miller. "In politics, he was ahead of his time. He was very progressive on open meetings, race relations and fair representation.''

      Doctors told Bolton he would never walk again after a German bullet shattered a vertebra in his lower back during a firefight in 1945.

      He proved them wrong, although he suffered painful episodes for the rest of his life. It was not unusual for him to interrupt a conversation until the pain had passed. After it subsided and he had verbally abused the German soldier who shot him, he would resume the conversation.

      Bolton opened a law practice in Griffin in 1947, putting to use the degree he had earned before joining the Army. He was elected to the Legislature in 1949 and served until 1965 when then-Gov. Carl Sanders appointed him attorney general.

      Bolton was elected to the job on his own in 1966 and was re-elected in 1970, 1974 and 1978. He stepped down in 1981.

      "The world's a sadder place for not having him,'' said Don Duke of Griffin, a retired Georgia state trooper and Bolton's friend. "He was the kind of politician they should have all been.''

      Bolton is widely credited with professionalizing the law department by making it independent of the governor and the state's private law firms.

      "Before, the governor told the attorney general who to hire and many of the law firms in Atlanta had law department stationery to write out opinions for the attorney general to sign with what they wanted in the opinions,'' said Bowers.

      Bolton drew the battle lines against the Legislature by ruling that legislators who also are lawyers cannot sue the state on behalf of private clients.

      He also brought the case that led to a landmark state Supreme Court ruling which held that the beaches and marshes of the state belong to the people.

      "His legacy is enormous,'' said Bowers.

      "People will tell you there wasn't a finer gentleman, a better lawyer or a better attorney general than Arthur Bolton, and he is still respected in this office,'' said Thurbert Baker, the present attorney general.

      Survivors include his second wife, Esther Cheney Bolton, and his children.

    Person ID I1304  Dickinson
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2014 

    Father Herbert Alfred Bolton,   b. 10 Jan 1880, Milner, Lamar, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1933, Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Eunice Blanton Maddox,   b. 24 Jul 1884, Spalding County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1948, Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 26 Jun 1906  Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0403  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Marion Cashen,   b. 9 Nov 1919,   d. 7 Mar 1982, Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 30 Sep 1946 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Family ID F0407  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 May 1922 - Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - 5 Aug 1943 - Ft. McPherson, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Bolton seriously wounded in battle. - 06 Apr 1945 - Paderborn, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Dec 1997 - Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 4 Dec 1997 - Oak Hill Cemetery, Griffin, Spalding, Georgia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S016407] Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com. Georgia Deaths, 1919-98 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001.Original data - State of Georgia. Indexes of Vital Records for Georgia: Deaths, 1919-1998. Gerogia, USA: Georgia Heatlh Department, Office of Vital Records, 1998.

    2. [S016512] Social Security Death Index , (Washington, D.C.: Social Security Administration).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.Original data - Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.

    3. [S034057] U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, a.k.a. Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946 , (College Park, Maryland: National Archives and Records Administration), RG 64; ARC: 1263923.
      Online publication - National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.Original data - Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946 [Archival Database]; World War II Army Enlistment Records; Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 64; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD.

    4. [S007837] Headstone, Oak Hill Cemetery, Griffin, Spalding County, Georgia.

    5. [S006875] Atlanta Journal Constitution, Magazine Section, "The Fighting Attorney General", 28 Jul 1968.