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DE BOLT, Rezin A., jurist, born in Fairfield County, Ohio, 20 January 1828. He received a common school education and worked on a farm till his seventeenth year, when he was apprenticed to a tanner. After serving his time he followed his trade for a few years, but in the mean time studied law, and was admitted to the bar in February 1856. He removed to Trenton, Grundy County, Missouri, in 1858, and began the practice of law. He was appointed school commissioner of Grundy County in 1859, and reelected to the same office in 1860, serving until the beginning of the civil war. He entered the National service in 1861 as captain in the 23d Missouri infantry, was captured at the battle of Shiloh, 6 April 1862, and held as prisoner until the following October. In 1863 he resigned his commission on account of impaired health, and resumed his profession, but in 1864 reentered the army as major in the 44th Missouri infantry, and was mustered out of service in August 1865. He was elected judge of the circuit court for the llth district of Missouri in November 1863, which office he held until his election as a representative from Missouri in the 44th congress, closing his congressional career in 1877.
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