1870 - He was born in Wilton, Wisconsin on the 20th of July to Edwin Latham and Rosaline (Cady) Bolton.
1895 - He finished bachelor's degree at University of Wisconsin.
- He married Gertrude James and they had seven children.
1896 - Bolton studied under Frederick Jackson Turner.
1897 - He was a Harrison Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and studied American history under John Bach McMaster.
1899 - He received his Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania.
1899-1900 - He served as a teacher at Milwaukee State Normal School.
1901 - Bolton was a history professor at the University of Texas, where he taught medieval and European history.
1902 - He became interested in the Spanish colonization of the Americas and began traveling to Mexico in search of historical documents.
1911 - He became a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
- He served as the chair of the history department and became the first director of the renowned Bancroft Library.
1914 - He published Athanase de Mézières and the Louisiana-Texas Frontier.
1915 - Bolton published Texas in the Middle Eighteenth Century: Studies in Spanish Colonial History and Administration.
1921 - He published Texas in the Middle Eighteenth Century, The Spanish Borderlands.
1931 - He published hid work Outpost of Empire .
1932 - He served as president of the American Historical Association.
1944 - He retired as a professor.
1953 - He died of a stroke in Berkeley on the 30th of January.
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