Henry Olin

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Henry Olin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's at-large district
In office
December 13, 1824 – March 3, 1825
Preceded by Charles Rich
Succeeded by George Edward Wales
7th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
In office
Lieutenant Ezra Butler
Samuel C. Crafts
William A. Palmer
Preceded by Aaron Leland
Succeeded by Mark Richards
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1768-05-07)May 7, 1768
Shaftsbury, Vermont
Died August 16, 1837(1837-08-16) (aged 69)
Salisbury, Vermont
Political party Democratic-Republican
Spouse(s) Lois Richardson Olin and Polly Sanford Olin
Profession Politician, Lawyer

Henry Olin (May 7, 1768 – August 16, 1837) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as a United States Representative from Vermont and seventh Lieutenant Governor of Vermont.


Olin was born in Shaftsbury, Vermont on May 7, 1768 to Justin Olin and Sally Dwinell Olin. He attended the common schools. He studied law and was admitted to the bar. He moved to Leicester, Vermont in 1788 and began the practice of law.[1]

Olin served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1799 to 1804, 1806 to 1815, 1817 to 1819 and 1822 to 1824. He was a delegate to the State constitutional conventions in 1814, 1822, and 1828.[2] He was associate judge and then chief judge of the Addison County Court from 1801 to 1824.[3] He served as a member of the executive council in 1820 and 1821.[4]

Olin was elected to the Eighteenth Congress as a Democratic-Republican candidate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles Rich. He served in Congress from December 13, 1824 to March 3, 1825.[5] He was elected as the sixth Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, and served from 1827 to 1830.[6]

Family life[edit]

Henry Olin married Lois Richardson in 1788 and they had ten children. Following her death, he married Polly Sanford Olin and they had one child. Olin was the nephew of Gideon Olin, who also served as a United States Representative from Vermont.[1] Gideon Olin's son, Judge Abram B. Olin, was Henry Olin's cousin.


Olin died on August 16, 1837 in Salisbury, Vermont. He is interred at Brookside Cemetery in Leicester, Vermont.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "OLIN, Henry, (1768 - 1837)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Rossiter (1904). The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans. Biographical Society. 
  3. ^ Dictionary of the United States Congress. T. Belknap and H.E. Goodwin. 1868. p. 290. 
  4. ^ Brown, John Howard (2006). The Cyclopedia of American Biography V6: Comprising the Men and Women of the United States Who Have Been Identified with the Growth of the Nation. Kessinger Publishing. p. 61. 
  5. ^ "Rep. Henry Olin". govtrack.us. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Henry Olin (1768-1837)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles Rich
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
George E. Wales
Political offices
Preceded by
Aaron Leland
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
Succeeded by
Mark Richards