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Samuel Addison OLIVER

(1833-1912)

OLIVER, Samuel Addison, a Representative from Iowa; born near Washington, Washington County, Pa., on July 21, 1833; attended the common schools and West Alexandria Academy; was graduated from Washington (Pa.) College in 1851; moved to Arkansas, where he taught school; returned to Pennsylvania and engaged in agricultural pursuits; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1857 and commenced practice in Onawa, Monona County, Iowa, in 1858; county supervisor in 1861; served as provost marshal during the Civil War; member of the State house of representatives in 1863 and 1864; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864; served in the State senate 1865-1867; judge of the fourth judicial circuit 1868-1875; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1879); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1878; mayor of Onawa several times; again engaged in agricultural pursuits; died in Onawa, Monona County, Iowa, July 7, 1912; interment in Onawa Cemetery.

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

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