|Oil on canvas, Richard Buckman, 1977 Collection of the U.S. House
of Representatives, Gift of Nona Bolling
BOLLING, Richard Walker, (great-great-grandson of John Williams Walker and great-great-nephew
of Percy Walker),
a Representative from Missouri; born in New York City, May 17, 1916;
attended grade schools and Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.; at the age of
fifteen, upon his fathers death, returned to his home in Huntsville, Ala.;
B.A., 1937, M.A., 1939, University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.; graduate
studies, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., 1939-1940; taught at Sewanee
Military Academy in 1938 and 1939; served as assistant to the head of the
Department of Education, Florence State Teachers College, in Alabama, in 1940;
educational administrator by profession; entered the United States Army as a
private in April 1941, and served until discharged as a lieutenant colonel in
July 1946, with four years overseas service in Australia, New Guinea,
Philippines, and in Japan as assistant to chief of staff to General MacArthur;
awarded the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star Medal; veterans adviser at the
University of Kansas City in 1946 and 1947; elected as a Democrat to the
Eighty-first and to the sixteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949-January
3, 1983); chairman, Select Committee on Committees of the House (Ninety-third
Congress), Joint Economic Committee (Ninety-fifth Congress); Committee on Rules
(Ninety-sixth and Ninety-seventh Congresses); was not a candidate for
reelection in 1982 to the Ninety-eighth Congress; was a resident of Washington,
D.C., until his death there on April 21, 1991.
BibliographyBolling, Richard, and John Bowles.
Americas Competitive Edge: How to Get Our Country Moving
Again. New York: McGraw-Hill Bok Company, Inc., 1982; Lowe, David E.
The Bolling Committee and the Politics of Reorganization.
Capitol Studies 6 (Spring 1978): 39-61.