Legislator Details

Oliver C. Abell
Number of sessions served 1
Gender: Male
Age at election: 39

Vital Records Information:

Date: 7/3/1827
City: Augusta, GA
County: Richmond County, GA
Country: US
Date: 7/21/1902
City: Pontiac, MI
County: Oakland County, MI
Country: US
Type of Burial:
Date: 7/22/1902
County: Wayne County, MI
Country: US

Marital Information:
married Mary E. Chase, 10/28/1857, in Greenfield, MI; children: Andrew Gurdon, Eunice, and Una Brinker

Number of Children: 3


Military Service:
Occupation: teacher, farmer, merchant
Race: Caucasian or White


Biographical Sketch:
He was the son of a wealthy cotton dealer and slaveholder. In 1830 he moved to Detroit, MI, and the next year to Dearborn, Wayne CO., where he spent a portion of his time teaching until 1851. From 1851-56 he went to California. On his return he was elected treasurer of Dearborn. He was a farmer until 1862. He held the office of enrolling officer of the draft department and deputy provost marshal during the Civil War. He was also deputy assessor and collector of revenue. Exempted from the draft by disability, he furnished a substitute at a cost of $800. He was a director of the Detroit, Lansing & Northern Railroad. He moved to Nankin, laid out the village. He was the first hardware merchant there. He was postmaster 5 years, president of the village, and trustee. From 1875-78, he had charge of the Wayne county poorhouse. He moved to Detroit in 1884.

Notable Facts:
Chairman on the Committee on Railroads. His daughter, Una, was a well known actress. In 1893, he was judged to be insane and sent to the Eastern Michigan Asylum in Pontiac.

Sessions Served:

Chamber: Senate
Party: Republican
Committees Served On: Supplies and Expenditures, Manufactures, Railroads
Postions Held:

City of Residence: Wayne
County of Residence Wayne
District: 3
District Description: Townships of Brownstown, Canton, Dearborn, Ecorse, Huron, Livonia, Monguagon, Nankin, Plymouth, Redford, Romulus, Springwells, Sumpter, Taylor and Van Buren in the County of Wayne.

Date Elected: 11/6/1866
Date Sworn In: 1/2/1867
Date Left Office:

Reason for Leaving Office: N/A
End of Term Status: Departed

Maritial Status: Unknown


MIBiog 1:6; MIMarr, 1822-1995; USCen 1860, 1870, 1880; DFP 12/5/1893 p.7; SeekMI;Manual 1867 p.154;