William M. Oliver

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William Morrison Oliver
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th district
In office
March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843
Preceded by Meredith Mallory
Succeeded by Byram Green
Member of the New York Senate
In office
Preceded by Jonas Earll, Jr.
Succeeded by William H. Seward
Acting Lieutenant Governor of New York
In office
Governor Enos T. Throop
Preceded by Charles Stebbins
Succeeded by Edward Philip Livingston
Personal details
Born (1792-10-15)October 15, 1792
Londonderry, New Hampshire, U.S.
Died July 21, 1863(1863-07-21) (aged 70)
Penn Yan, New York, U.S.
Resting place Lake View Cemetery, Penn Yan, New York
Citizenship American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Harriet Maria Seelye Oliver
Eleanor Young Oliver
Children 7
Profession Lawyer

William Morrison Oliver (October 15, 1792 – July 21, 1863) was an American politician, and a United States Representative for the state of New York, and Acting Lieutenant Governor of New York.

Early life

Born in Londonderry, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, Oliver received limited schooling; studied law in Springfield, under the direction of Judge Morse in Cherry Valley, Otsego County. He was admitted to the bar about 1812 and began practice in Penn Yan.


Oliver was First Judge of the Yates County Court from 1823 to 1828, and from 1838 to 1844. He was a member of the New York State Senate (7th D.) from 1827 to 1830, sitting in the 50th, 51st, 52nd and 53rd New York State Legislatures. In 1830, he was elected President pro tempore of the State Senate and was Acting Lieutenant Governor until the end of the year.[1]

Elected as a Democrat to the 27th United States Congress, Oliver was United States Representative holding office from March 4, 1841, to March 3, 1843. Afterwards he became clerk of the New York Supreme Court, and was President of the Yates County Bank from the issuance of its charter until 1857.


Oliver died in Penn Yan, Yates County, New York, on July 21, 1863 (age 70 years, 279 days). He is interred at Lake View Cemetery, Penn Yan, New York.

Personal life

Oliver and his identical twin brother, Andrew,[2] were the sons of Andrew and Elizabeth Ormiston Oliver.[3] Oliver married Eleanor Young in 1811. They had three children; Andrew, James, and John Morrison. Eleanor died in 1834 and he remarried to Harriet Maria Seelye. That couple had four children; James Morse, William Seelye, Harriet, and Henry.[4]


  1. ^ Oliver, William. Legislative Documents of the Senate and Assembly of ..., Volume 1, Issues 1-68. New York (State). Legislature.
  2. ^ "William M. Oliver". Penn Yan. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  3. ^ "William Morrison Oliver". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  4. ^ "William M. Oliver". Penn Yan. Retrieved 2 February 2014.

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Jonas Earll, Jr.
New York State Senate
Seventh District (Class 4)

Succeeded by
William H. Seward
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Stebbins
Lieutenant Governor of New York

Succeeded by
Edward Philip Livingston
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Meredith Mallory
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th congressional district

Succeeded by
Byram Green
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