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Finding Aid for UGA 92-196 & UGA 92-185
John Dixon Bolton Papers, 1900-1965

Creator Note

John Dixon Bolton was born in Leslie, Sumter County, Georgia, on November 1, 1900. As a boy in Leslie, Bolton worked in his Father’s hardware store, and then in banks in Americus, Smithville, Chipley, and Atlanta. Young Bolton attended the Leslie High School and the Locust Grove Institute, in 1917, he went to work and took correspondence courses from three schools to pass the certified public accountant examination before a Georgia Board of Examiners in 1929. Several years later he became an examiner in the State Auditor Department under William Thrasher.

During the next two years he audited the books of the University, whose Treasurer and Registrar was the “Uncle Tom” Reed. As Bolton later maintained, Reed possessed an unorthodox system of keeping the books. Devoid of any accounting background, Reed just entered everything that “came in” in one ledger and everything that “went out” in another. For all practical purposes the system worked, but when Bolton divulged of the tricks of the trade, Uncle Tom Reed, highly impressed, invited him to take over. He did so in July, 1933 and became Comptroller in 1940.

Mr. Bolton, at the time of his death on August 1, 1965, had served the University of Georgia for thirty-two years. During this time he took an important in the development of the University of Georgia. He established sound and efficient routines in administering the important office which he headed at the University, and his administration was characterized by quiet and unostentatious efforts and effective results.

Bolton held memberships in both professional and honor societies being a member of Alpha Sigma Phi, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Beta Gamma Sigma, Delta Sigma Pi, Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Gridiron Club. Comptroller Bolton was also an avid sports fan who served as the treasurer of the Athletic Association for many years.

In addition to University work Bolton promoted and gave leadership to many organizations and institutions in Athens. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club for over three decades and served as its President in 1940. Other activities included membership in the Board of Directors of the Young Men’s Christian Association; chairman of the Board of Deacon’s of the First Baptist Church; President of the Athens Country Club; Director of the National Bank of Athens; Secretary-Treasurer of the Athens Masonic Temple, Inc.; one of the founders and President of the Clarke Federal and Loan Association; and a member of numerous other groups which were concerned with community improvement.

Processed and Prepared by Edward G. Head, Jr. and Diane Roberts-August 1980. Electronic version perpared by Emily Liss and Gilbert Head-October 2003. Online version: Carol Bishop.