Biography of Robert P. Boulton (1854- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) page 509.

Robert P. BOULTON, editor-in-chief and one of the proprietors of the Troy Free Press, was born in Boone County, Mo., June 29, 1854, and is one of six children, five living, born to the marriage of Jesse A. and Clara D. (PERRINE) BOULTON, who were Kentuckians.  The father was reared in his native State, and received a good education and after reaching a proper age, taught both public and private schools, and then turned his attention to farming.  He was first married to Mary SMITH, a Kentucky lady, with whom he came to Boone County, Mo., in 1840.  Here the mother died, leaving two children.  Mr. BOULTON returned to Kentucky and married Miss PERRINE, and came to Missouri in 1850 where he has since made his home.  He was born May 19, 1817, and his wife March 30, 1829.  They are both members of the Christian Church, and he is a Democrat, and served as judge of Boone County two terms.  Robert P. is their eldest child, and was reared on a farm.  His early education was received in the public schools, and later he attended the Missouri State University, from which institution he graduated with the degree of B.L. in 1877.  After pedagoguing in the public schools until 1880 he took a post-graduate course in his alma mater and received the degree of M.L.  During the session of 1880-81 and 1881-82 he filled the chair of English literature and history in Christian University, at Canton, Mo., and the following year held a position on the staff of the chief clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives.   In 1883-84 he was principal of the Hannibal Collegiate Institute, and in the latter year bought a third interest in the Hannibal Morning Journal, of which he became editor.   Again, in 1885, he was on the staff of the clerk of the House of Representatives.   In 1887 he sold his interest in the Journal, and purchased of H. M. CORNICK a half interest in the Lincoln County News, and this he consolidated with the Troy Free Press the following year under the firm name of BOULTON & TOWNSEND.  Mr. BOULTON is a Democrat, and a member of the I.O.O.F., and is also a member of the Christian Church.

File submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Betty Lavy Krieg, 25 Nov. 2000.  Link change or update: 13 January 2001

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