Robert Shaw Oliver

Jump to navigation Jump to search
Robert Shaw Oliver
Robert Shaw Oliver, U. S. Assistant Secretary of War, 1903-1913.jpg
Assistant Secretary of War
In office
Preceded byWilliam Cary Sanger
Succeeded byHenry Skillman Breckinridge
Personal details
Born(1847-09-13)September 13, 1847
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedMarch 15, 1935(1935-03-15) (aged 87)
Charleston, South Carolina
Resting placeAlbany Rural Cemetery
Menands, New York
Spouse(s)Marion Lucy Rathbone
Children4, including John Rathbone Oliver

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.

Signature of Robert Shaw Oliver

General Oliver spoke at the dedication of several monuments to Civil War Union Units from Pennsylvania at the Antietam Battlefield in 1904. The content of his speech can be found in the reference.[3]


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.[4] 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.[5]


  1. ^ Parker, Amasa J. (1897). Landmarks of Albany County, New York. Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & Co. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  2. ^ Sprechman, Jordan; Shannon, Bill (October 7, 1998). This Day in New York Sports. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1571672540. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  3. ^ Commission, Antietam Battlefield Memorial (31 August 2017). "Pennsylvania at Antietam: report of the Antietam Battlefield Memorial Commission of Pennsylvania and ceremonies at the dedication of the monuments erected by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to mark the position of Thirteen of the Pennsylvania Commands engaged in the battle". Harrisburg publishing company, state printer. Retrieved 31 August 2017 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "John Rathbone Oliver Criminological Collection · Center for the History of Medicine: OnView". Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Oliver Platt Pedigree Chart - Oliver Platt - Ahnentafel No: 1 (44106)". Retrieved 31 August 2017.
The article is a derivative under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. A link to the original article can be found here and attribution parties here. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use. Gpedia Ⓡ is a registered trademark of the Cyberajah Pty Ltd.