Robert Oliver (soldier)

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Robert Oliver (soldier)
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Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died1810(1810-00-00) (aged 71–72)
Marietta, Ohio, USA
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Spouse(s)Mary Walker
  • Lancelot Oliver (father)
  • Mary Oliver (mother)

Col. Robert Oliver (1738–1810) was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the American Revolutionary War.

Born in Boston to parents of Irish origin, Oliver entered service as Lieutenant at the beginning of the war, was promoted to Major in 1777 and Lieutenant-Colonel in 1779. He served until November 1783, when he retired as brevet lieutenant colonel of the Second Massachusetts Regiment.[1]

On June 13, 1779, he signed a letter to George Washington on behalf of the Massachusetts Continental Line. [2]

His regiment served under Rufus Putnam and his service was applauded by Baron Steuben.[1] After the war, he was active in the affairs of "The Ohio Company" which he formed along with other war veterans and which he served as president beginning in 1801. He was elected as a representative of Washington County, Ohio in the formation of its first territorial legislature. [3]

He died in Marietta, Ohio in 1810.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hildreth, S. P.; Badgley, C. Stephen (June 15, 2011). Memoirs of the Early Pioneer Settlers of Ohio. Badgley Publishing Company. ISBN 9780615501895 – via Google Books.
  2. "Founders Online: To George Washington from Officers of the Massachusetts Line …".
  3. "George Washington, January 17, 1783, General Orders". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA.
  4. Marietta, Historical (June 8, 2009). "Historical Marietta, Ohio: Ninety Revolutionary War Soldiers Lie In Cemeteries Within Washington County".

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