Frances Payne BOLTON, Congress, OH (1885-1977)


BOLTON, Frances Payne, (wife of Chester C. Bolton, granddaughter of Henry B. Payne, and mother of Oliver P. Bolton), a Representative from Ohio; born Francis Payne Bingham, March 29, 1885, in Cleveland, Ohio; attended private schools in United States and France; active in public health, nursing education and other social service, education, and philanthropic work; vice regent for Ohio of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association; member of the Republican State central committee, 1937-1940; delegate to Republican National Conventions and member of Resolutions Committee, 1956, 1960, 1964, and 1968; first woman appointed as congressional delegate to United Nations General Assembly, 1953; elected as a Republican by special election, February 27, 1940, to the Seventy-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, Chester C. Bolton; reelected to the fourteen succeeding Congresses and served from February 27, 1940, to January 3, 1969; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1968 to the Ninety-first Congress; resided in Lyndhurst, Ohio, where she died March 9, 1977; interment in Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.


Loth, David. A Long Way Forward: The Biography of Congresswoman Frances P. Bolton. New York: Longmans, Green, 1957.

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