William Oliver

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William Oliver

William Bacon Oliver (born May 23, 1867 in Eutaw, Greene County–died May 27, 1948 in New Orleans, Louisiana) represented the 6th Congressional District of Alabama in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1914 to 1937.

Oliver was the son of William C. and Lizzie S. (Whitehead) Oliver of Eutaw. He completed grade school at the Verner College Preparatory School in Tuscaloosa in 1883. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Alabama in 1887 and his law degree at the Alabama School of Law in 1889. After additional courses at the University of Virginia in the same year, he was admitted to the Alabama bar, and set up a practice in Tuscaloosa.

He served as a solicitor in the 6th Judicial Circuit of Alabama from 1898 to 1909, resigning to accept the position of dean of the University of Alabama School of Law. He left that position in 1913 to run for congress. He joined the 64th congress in 1914, and remained there for eleven terms, not standing for reelection in 1936.

He then served as a special assistant to the United States Attorney General from 1939 to 1944, at which time he retired. He died in 1948 while visiting New Orleans, and is buried in the Eutaw Cemetery in Eutaw.

The William Bacon Oliver Lock and Dam and its reservoir, completed in 1940 on the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa, is named after him.

Preceded by:
William Thorington
Dean, University of Alabama School of Law
Succeeded by:
Albert Farrah
Preceded by:
Pete Jarman
Representative, 6th Congressional District of Alabama
Succeeded by:
Richmond Hobson


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