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BOLLES, John A., lawyer, born in Eastford, Connecticut, 16 April 1809; died in Washington, District of Columbia, 25 May 1878. He was graduated at Brown in 1829, admitted to the bar in Boston in 1833, and in 1843 chosen secretary of state under Governor Marcus Norton. He was a member of the harbor and back bay commission in 1852. From 1862 till 1865 he served as judge-advocate on the staff of General John A. Dix, who was his brother-in-law. He was brevetted Brigadier-General of volunteers in 1865, and appointed naval solicitor the same year.
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