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Mordecai OLIVER

(1819-1898)

OLIVER, Mordecai, a Representative from Missouri; born in Anderson County, Ky., October 22, 1819; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1842 and commenced practice in Richmond, Mo.; prosecuting attorney for the fifth judicial circuit in 1848; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress and reelected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1857); elected as a Unionist secretary of state of Missouri in 1861; resumed the practice of law in St. Louis, Mo.; judge of the criminal court 1889-1893; moved to Springfield, Greene County, Mo., where he died April 25, 1898; interment in Hazelwood Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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