Robert Shaw Oliver
|Robert Shaw Oliver|
|Assistant Secretary of War|
|Preceded by||William Cary Sanger|
|Succeeded by||Henry Skillman Breckinridge|
September 13, 1847|
March 15, 1935 87) (aged|
Charleston, South Carolina
Albany Rural Cemetery|
Menands, New York
|Spouse(s)||Marion Lucy Rathbone|
Robert Shaw Oliver (September 13, 1847 – March 15, 1935) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Graduating from a military academy in Ossining, NY, he served as a second lieutenant in the 5th Massachusetts Colored Cavalry at 17 years old. After the Civil War, he remained in the Army assigned to the 25th Army Corps in Texas and the 8th US Cavalry in California, Oregon and Arizona fighting in many Indian campaigns until 1879. From 1881-1903, he was employed by Rathbone, Sard & Co., stove manufacturers in Albany. In 1881 he was elected as the first president of the United States National Lawn Association, known today as the USTA. He served as brigadier general of the 3rd brigade of the New York State Militia. In 1903, he was appointed Assistant Secretary of War by President Theodore Roosevelt and continued under President Taft, serving for 10 years.
A Speech given by General Oliver at Antietam Battlefield in 1904
Robert Shaw Oliver married Marion Lucy Rathbone in 1870. They had four children: John Rathbone, Marion Lucy, Elizabeth Shaw, and Cora Lyman Oliver. John was a Harvard graduate, priest, scholar, and physician. When Robert died in 1935 in Charleston, South Carolina, he was cremated and buried with his wife, Marion Rathbone Oliver in the Albany Rural Cemetery according to the Cemetery's Burial Cards.
His great-great-grandson is actor Oliver Platt.
- Parker, Amasa J. (1897). Landmarks of Albany County, New York. Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & Co. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
- Sprechman, Jordan; Shannon, Bill (October 7, 1998). This Day in New York Sports. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1571672540. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
- PENNSYLVANIA AT ANTIETAM: REPORT OF THE ANTIETAM BATTLEFIELD MEMORIAL COMMISSION OF PENNSYLVANIA CEREMONIES Dedication of the Monuments ERECTED BY THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA MARK THE POSITION OF THIRTEEN OF THE PENNSYLVANIA COMMANDS ENGAGED IN THE BATTLE. published by the Antietam Battlefield Memorial Commission, 1906. https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=UybFgNcowCEC&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&hl=en&pg=GBS.PA24