Sunday, March 28, 2010
Gen. Alvan Bolster
Alvan was born on 7 December 1795. He was the son of Isaac Bolster, Jr. and Hannah Cushman. He arrived in Rumford, Maine as a young man and married Cynthia Wheeler. He engaged in trade, was a farmer, and inn keeper. He held the position of Postmaster in East Rumford for thirty years. Military affairs were of great interest to him, and he joined the militia serving in the Light Infantry. He was commissioned as Ensign May 8, 1821, Lt. Colonel November 27, 1830. Later he was promoted to command a division and commissioned Major General by the Governor of State of Maine. He was a leader in the Sons of Temperance movement and an active Free Mason. He held numerous public offices, serving as Representative in the State Legislature and twice was elected State Senator.