Frances P. Bolton

Frances Payne Bolton ( born Frances Payne Bingham, born March 29, 1885 in Cleveland, Ohio; † March 9, 1977 in Lyndhurst, Ohio) was an American politician of the Republican Party. From 1940 to 1969 she was a member of the House of Representatives of the United States for the 22th Congressional District of the State of Ohio.


Frances Bolton was born in Cleveland. Her grandfather was Senator Henry B. Payne. She was married to Congressman Chester C. Bolton. While he went about the business of politics, she was active and made, among others, strong for the public health, education and care. 1939, her husband died. She succeeded as the first woman from Ohio to collect the U.S. House of Representatives. She represented the district from now on, which her husband had already represented. Overall, Bolton served 14 legislative periods in the House, this is still the longest time a woman sat in the House. During her time in the House Also her son, Oliver P. Bolton, was elected to the House. This represented the 11th Congressional District. She was, inter alia, Member of United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs. There they urged Secretary of State John Foster Dulles in 1954 to invite the French nurse Genevieve de Galard Terraube in the United States, to give her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave Galard the Medal of Freedom, and received it as a state guest. Bolton gave Galard honor a dinner with 300 guests in her congressional district. The School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University is named after her, to honor their great contributions to public health.

After she was defeated in 1968 against Charles Vanik in congressional elections, they went back to Ohio and was living in Lyndhurst. Her son Oliver died in 1972. She survived him for five years and died at the age of 91 years at her home in Lyndhurst.