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William Compton Bolton

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IntroOfficer in the United States Navy
A.K.A.William Bolton Finch
Is Military officer
From United States of America
Type Military
Death1 January 1849


Commodore William Compton Bolton (died 1849), born William Bolton Finch, was an officer in the United States Navy during the mid-19th century.
As William Bolton Finch, he commanded Vincennes on her around-the-world voyage.
He changed his name to William Compton Bolton in 1833. Bolton commanded the Pensacola Navy Yard from 1836-7. In 1848, he was the commander of the Mediterranean Squadron and later the Africa Squadron in the sloop-of-war USS Jamestown.
He died in 1849.
His widow, Mary H. Lynch Bolton, married Charles Wilkes on October 3, 1854. Commodore Bolton sat on Wilkes’ court-marital board in 1842.