HUBERT L. BOLEN
Vol. 3, p. 1008
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An able member of the Oklahoma bar, who has for some years been prominent in democratic politics, Hubert L. BOLEN, of Oklahoma City, has been entrusted at various times with high and responsible office, and at the present time is serving as collector of internal revenue for the District of Oklahoma. The Bolen family, of which Mr. Bolen is a worthy representative in the West, is ancient and sturdy. Originating in England, it was founded in America prior to the Revolutionary war, becoming one of the first families of Virginia. Among its members have been many who have distinguished themselves at the bar in the Old Dominion State, and prior to the war between the South and the North and family was noted for its broad and valuable plantations and its many slaves. Hubert L. Bolen was born at Front Royal, Warren County, Virginia, in 1876, and is a son of Newton L. and Lucy E. (GRANT) Bolen. His father, an extensive planter and slaveholder, cast his fortunes with the South, during the days of secession, and during the struggle which followed served valiantly in the ranks of the Confederate Army. Hubert L. Bolen grew up on his father's plantation, and in his boyhood attended the common schools, his academic course being pursued at the Shenandoah Normal College. Following this, he entered the Georgetown University, at Washington, D.C., and there studied law, graduating in 1905 with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. He was almost immediately admitted to the bar and in December of the same year turned his face to the West and located at Oklahoma City, which has since been his field of practice. Shortly after coming to Oklahoma, Mr. Bolen began to interest himself in democratic politics, and soon became recognized as a worker who could produce results. He assisted the candidacy of various aspirants until November, 1910, when he was elected to his first public office as a member of the Third Legislature, for the sessions of 1911 and 1912. His work in that distinguished body was such as to warrant his re-election in 1912, and he again served efficiently and conscientiously in the sessions of 1913 and 1914. During his first term of office he was chairman of the Committee on Municipal Corporations, and was one of those who introduced the Capitol Bill, working for that measure in both the third and fourth sessions and finally securing its passage. In 1912 Mr. Bolen was chosen as manager of the campaign of Robert L. OWEN, at the democratic primary election for United States senator, and in that same year was chairman of the State Democratic Campaign Committee, in both of which capacities he displayed a high order of political capacity and the same energy which had characterized his earlier activities in campaign work. On July 21, 1913, Mr. Bolen was appointed by President Woodrow WILSON to the office of collector of internal revenue for the District of Oklahoma, a position which he has since retained. Mr. Bolen continues his law practice, and is well known as a capable and thoroughly learned member of his profession. He maintains membership in the Oklahoma City Bar Association.
Mr. Bolen was married in January, 1911, to Miss Eva J. KLOMANN, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and to this union there has been born one son: Ralph Leslie. The family home is at No. 225 East Tenth Street.
Transcribed by: Dorothy Marie Tenaza, Dec. 13, 1998