Olney, Richard, 1835-1917

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1835-09-15
Death 1917-04-08
English

Biographical notes:

U.S. attorney general, U.S. secretary of state, and lawyer.

From the description of Richard Olney papers, 1830-1928 (bulk 1893-1917). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71131217

Counsel for Boston & Maine Railroad; Secretary of State under Grover Cleveland (1893-1897).

From the description of Richard E. Olney collection, 1895-1974. (Falmouth Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 70969627

Biographical Note

  • 1835, Sept. 15: Born, Oxford, Mass.
  • 1851: Graduated, Leicester Academy, Worcester, Mass.
  • 1856: A.M., Brown University, Providence, R.I.
  • 1858: LL.B., Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1859: Admitted to the bar, Boston, Mass.
  • 1859 - 1893 : Practiced corporate law
  • 1861: Married Agnes P. Thomas
  • 1874: Elected to Massachusetts house of representatives
  • 1893: Appointed attorney general
  • 1894: Ordered the use of federal troops in quelling the Pullman Strike
  • 1895: Defended income tax provisions of the Wilson-Gorman Tariff before the Supreme Court of the United States
  • 1895: Appointed secretary of state
  • 1895 - 1897 : Arbitrated boundary dispute between Venezuela and Great Britain and proposed a general arbitration agreement between the United States and Great Britain
  • 1897: Returned to private law practice, Boston, Mass.
  • 1913: Declined ambassadorship to Great Britain
  • 1914: Declined membership on the Federal Reserve Board
  • 1915: Member, International Commission, under treaty between the United States and France
  • 1917, Apr. 8: Died, Boston, Mass.

From the guide to the Richard Olney Papers, 1830-1928, (bulk 1893-1917), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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  • Fisheries
  • Labor movement
  • Statesmen--Autographs
  • Labor movement--United States
  • Dwellings--Photographs
  • Canals--Nicaragua
  • Antitrust law
  • Farmers--United States
  • Labor unions--United States
  • Canals--Panama
  • Depressions--1893--United States
  • Arbitration (International law)
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  • Canals
  • Fisheries--Bering Sea
  • Railroads--United States
  • Antitrust law--United States
  • Practice of law--Massachusetts--Boston
  • Railroads
  • Silver question
  • Farmers
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  • Labor unions
  • Statesmen--Correspondence
  • Pullman Strike, 1894
  • Depression--1893
  • World War, 1914-1918

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  • Lawyers--Massachusetts

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