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Biography of Arthur Lee Oliver

Arthur Lee Oliver, attorney at law, practicing as a member of the firm of Oliver, Raithel & Lacy in St. Louis, was born January 5, 1879, at Leemon, Cape Girardeau county, Missouri. His father, the late Henry Clay Oliver, was also a native of Cape Girardeau county, born February 12, 1852, and was a grandson of John Oliver, who was the founder of the family in this state and was a Virginian by birth. He came to Missouri prior to the admission of the state into the Union, arriving in 1814 and establishing a large plantation known as “Pleasant Gardens,” containing about-seven thousand acres. He was a large slave owner, having more than one hundred slaves but never selling one. Mr. Oliver of this review had two uncles on the paternal side, Charles Augustus and Adolphus Oliver, who fought in the Civil war with the Confederate troops and on the maternal side had an uncle, Charles Alexander, who was also in the army and was killed at the battle of Wilson’s Creek. Henry Clay Oliver, father of Arthur L. Oliver, followed farming and stock raising as a life work and met with very substantial success in the conduct of his business affairs. He died January 5, 1901, at the age of almost forty-nine years. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary Louise Alexander, was born October 3, 1853, near Jackson, Missouri, now known as Leemon, Cape Girardeau county, her parents being William E. and Ann (Short) Alexander, both of whom were pioneer Missourians, coming to the middle west from Cabarrus county, North Carolina. Mrs. Oliver passed away...

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