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OLIVER, William Bacon

OLIVER, William Bacon
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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OLIVER, William Bacon, (cousin of Sydney Parham Epes), A Representative from Alabama; born in Eutaw, Greene County, Ala., May 23, 1867; attended the common schools of his native city; was graduated from the Verner College Preparatory School at Tuscaloosa in 1883, the academic department of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1887, and from its law department in 1889; took a special course at the law school of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1889; was admitted to the bar in 1889 and commenced practice in Tuscaloosa, Ala.; appointed solicitor for the sixth judicial circuit of Alabama in 1898 and served until his resignation in 1909; dean of the law school of the University of Alabama from 1909 until 1913, when he resigned; chairman of the Democratic central committee of Tuscaloosa County for a number of years; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1924; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fourth and to the ten succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915-January 3, 1937); was not a candidate for renomination in 1936; served as special assistant to the Attorney General at Washington, D.C., from July 22, 1939, to May 1, 1944, when he retired; died while on a visit in New Orleans, La., May 27, 1948; interment in Eutaw Cemetery, Eutaw, Ala.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Montgomery, AL
Papers: In the Ball and Crommelin (Law firm: Montgomery, Ala.) Papers, ca. 1820-1870, 2.5 cubic feet. Subjects include William Bacon Oliver.
Papers: In the William B. Bankhead Papers, ca. 1875-1952, 33 cubic feet. Subjects include William Bacon Oliver.

Auburn University
Auburn Special Collections

Auburn, AL
Papers: 1924-1948, 7 cubic feet. The papers of William Bacon Oliver contain documents from his congressional career, particularly postal patronage issues, his trip to China in 1926, his interest in the Philippines and other Pacific islands, the New Deal in Alabama, his service on the Appropriations Committee 1932-36, and professional political concerns. Also included are constituent and personal correspondence and a rich miscellaneous series. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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