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Samuel White Oliver

June 8, 1796
January 17, 1838
Home Town:
Charlotte County, VA
Later Residences:
Clark County, GA
Pine Barren Creek, AL
Elizabeth Hunter Oliver (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Samuel Oliver's family moved to Clarke County, GA when he was seven years old. After attending the Law School, he moved to Conecuh County, AL, near Sparta, and became the partner of the Hon. John S. Hunter. Sparta was shortly afterwards named the county seat. In 1837, he moved to Dallas County. Oliver engaged extensively in cotton planting but also maintained an interest in politics. He ran for governor in 1837 as an anti-Van Buren candidate, but was defeated by the Hon. Arthur P. Bagby of Monroe, AL. Oliver's wife was the sister of his legal partner, the Hon. John S. Hunter. At his death, Oliver was survived by his wife and seven children.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Franklin College in 1816.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Agriculture; Political Office
Training with Other Lawyers:
He read law in the office of Augustine S. Clayton.
State Posts:
State Representative (AL) 1822-1834
State Senator (AL) 1836
State Committees:
Speaker of the State House of Representatives in 1834.

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 17.
Secondary Sources:
Riley, Rev. B.F. History of Conecuh County, Alabama. Columbus, GA: Thos. Gilbert, 1881.

Owen, Thomas McAdory. History of Alabama and Directory of Alabama Biography, Vol. 1. Chicago: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1921.

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