Born in Spring Township, Crawford Co., June 5, 1837 to David and Elizabeth Bolard, Jacob received a common school education; enlisted August 14, 1862, Co. B, 137th Regt, PVI, nine-month service; action at 2d Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. Mustered out of regiment, June 1, 1863; re-enlisted with a promotion to hospital steward, U.S. Army, stationed at Seminary Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, 1863; returned to combat in March 1865, Camp Chase, as Captain of Co. B, 197th Regt., Ohio Vols.; guarded transportation and communication systems surrounding Washington, D.C. from Maryland to Northern Virginia; mustered out July 31, 1865. After the war, he pursued the oil business; married Mary E. Montague, 1868; managed several tanneries; moved to Cambridge Springs; elected to state House, 1895-1902; state Senate 1903-1906; president of First National Bank, Cambridge; and burgess of Conneautville. Senator Bolard passed away at Cambridge Springs, November 6, 1912.