Biography of Stuart R. Bolin
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Stuart Robinson Bolin. - To date the services that has made Stuart Robinson Bolin one of the distinguished lawyers and public leaders of Ohio was his work during the period of the World War as United States District Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. That service was an important contribution to the winning of the war. Mr. Bolin has been a member of the Ohio bar for over thirty years, and in his early years he was associated with his father, who became a member of the Ohio bar in 1873. His father, the late Andrew Robinson Bolin, was born in Circleville, Ohio, in 1849, a grandson of John Bolin, a native of Ireland. John Bolin, father of Andrew R. Bolin, was born in Virginia. He married Mary A. Brannon, also of Irish ancestry. The Bolin family settled in Pickaway County, Ohio, in 1839.

Andrew Robinson Bolin graduated from Miami University in 1871, finished his law course at the Cincinnati Law School in 1873, and for forty years engaged in a wide and successful practice, first at Circleville, and finally at Columbus. On the Democratic ticket he was elected and served as a member of the Ohio Assembly from 1895 to 1898. He married Sophronia Isabelle Rector, a daughter of Edward Rector, who was a nephew of Governor Tiffin, of Ohio, and one of the early settlers of Pickaway County.

Stuart Robinson Bolin, only son of his parents, was born in Circleville, Ohio, June 20, 1878. He was graduated from high school in 1895. He attended the Liberal Arts College at Ohio State University, and in 1899 was graduated with the Bachelor of Laws degree from Yale University College of Law, where he completed the three years course in two years. He was admitted to the bar June 20, 1900, on his twenty second birthday, and soon after became junior partner of his father in the firm of Bolin and Bolin, Circleville. In 1909 the firm moved to Columbus where the partnership continued until the death of Andrew R. Bolin in 1913. Since then Stuart R. Bolin has practiced his profession alone.

Mr. Bolin was elected city solicitor of Columbus serving in 1912, 1913 and in 1914 was appointed director of the Ohio Legislative Reference Bureau, at the invitation of the Governor. In 1915, on the unsolicited recommendation of Senator Pomerene, President Wilson appointed him United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, with headquarters at Columbus, and offices in Cincinnati and Dayton.

His service covered all the period while America was in the war against the central powers. As United States attorney he initiated the first cases under a number of war time laws. His activities during the war period made him a target for the radical element, his activities being noted in resolutions adopted in various states of the Northwest, and finally he was placed on the so called "Guillotine List" of those marked for assassination. Mr. Bolin also successfully prosecuted the most important mail fraud cases up to that time prosecuted by the government.

In accepting his resignation Attorney General Palmer in a letter said: "You have done splendid service as United States Attorney for your district, a service which reflects great credit upon yourself and honor upon your country. It is one of which you may be proud through all your life. Your record entitles you to reappointment, which would surely have come if you had not seen fit to prefer private practice."

At the time of his resignation Mr. Bolin declined appointment as a regular assistant attorney general with headquarters at the department of Justice, Washington, but consented to remain as a special assistant to Attorney General Palmer to close important cases started during his time.

In March, 1921, at the request of the Attorney General, Mr. Bolin again accepted appointment as special assistant to the attorney general to conduct litigation growing out of the million dollar post office robbery in Toledo, Ohio. Through prosecutions which he conducted thirty nine persons were given sentences ranging from one hour to sixty seven years.

In his official duties and in his private practice Mr. Bolin's duties have required his personal appearance in the state and the United States courts of New York, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and other states, and also in the Dominion of Canada.

Mr. Bolin is a member of the Franklin County and Ohio State Bar Associations, and belongs to the Yale Kent Club, the Faculty Club of Ohio State University, the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and is president of the Yale Alumni Association of Columbus. He is affiliated with Pickaway Lodge No. 23 Free and Accepted Masons, Royal Arch Masons, is a past commander of Knights Templar, and of Scioto Consistory, A. A. S. R. thirty second degree and Aladdin Temple, Mystic Shrine. He is a communicant of the Episcopal Church. In politics he is a Democrat.

On November 9, 1904, Mr. Bolin was married to Miss Ada Rebecca Brown of Circleville. Her grandfather, Thomas W. Brown, was one of the pioneer farmers and landowners of Pickaway County. To Mr. and Mrs. Bolin five children have been born: Flora-Belle, Ethel Virginia, Ada Elizabeth, Roberta Brown, and Stuart Robinson Bolin, Jr.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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