Oliver L. Spaulding

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Oliver Lyman Spaulding
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1883
Preceded by Mark S. Brewer
Succeeded by Edwin B. Winans
Michigan Secretary of State
In office
Preceded by James B. Porter
Succeeded by Daniel Striker
Personal details
Born (1833-08-02)August 2, 1833
Jaffrey, New Hampshire
Died July 30, 1922(1922-07-30) (aged 88)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Cecelia Swegles
Relations Oliver Lyman Spaulding (son)
Alma mater Oberlin College
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Rank Union Army colonel rank insignia.png Colonel
Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brevet Brigadier General
Commands 23rd Michigan Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War

Oliver Lyman Spaulding (August 2, 1833 – July 30, 1922) was a soldier and politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Early life and education[edit]

Spaulding was born in Jaffrey, New Hampshire on August 2, 1833. He completed preparatory studies, graduated from Oberlin College of Ohio in 1855, and moved to Michigan where he taught school. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in St. Johns, Michigan. He was regent of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor from 1858 to 1864.[1]


During the Civil War, Spaulding served in the Union Army as a captain in the 23rd Michigan Infantry Regiment. He eventually was promoted to Colonel and later was brevetted Brigadier General. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law in St. Johns.[1]

Spaulding served as Michigan Secretary of State from 1866 to 1870.[1] Afterwards, he became a member of the Republican State committee from 1871 to 1878. He declined the position of United States district judge of the Utah Territory in 1871 and later served as special agent of the United States Treasury Department from 1875 to 1881.[1]

Spaulding was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 6th congressional district to the 46th Congress serving from March 4, 1881 to March 3, 1883.[1] He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882. He also served as chairman of the commission sent to the Sandwich Islands to investigate alleged violations of the Hawaiian reciprocity treaty in 1883.[citation needed]

Oliver Spaulding again served as a special agent of the United States Treasury in 1885, 1889, and 1890 and then as Assistant U.S. Secretary of the Treasury from 1890 to 1893 during the Benjamin Harrison administration and 1897 to 1903 during the McKinley administration.[1] He was also president of the first International American Customs Congress, held in New York City in January 1903 and again a special agent of the United States Treasury from 1903 to 1909 and then customs agent from 1909 to 1916.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

He married Mary Cecilia Swegles on August 12, 1862.[1] Their son, Oliver Lyman Spaulding, served as a brigadier general during World War I.[2]

Death and legacy[edit]

Oliver L. Spaulding died in Washington, D.C., and is interred in Arlington National Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Who Was Who in American History - the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1975. p. 546. ISBN 0837932017. 
  2. ^ Davis, Jr., Henry Blaine (1998). Generals in Khaki. Pentland Press, Inc. p. 343. ISBN 1571970886. OCLC 40298151. 
  3. ^ Patterson, Michael Robert. "Oliver Lyman Spaulding, Colonel, United States Army & Member of Congress". 

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
James B. Porter
Secretary of State of Michigan
Succeeded by
Daniel Striker
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mark S. Brewer
United States Representative for the 6th Congressional District of Michigan
1881 – 1883
Succeeded by
Edwin B. Winans