Biography of Oliver Lyman Spaulding



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Oliver Lyman Spaulding was born at Jaffrey, N. H., Aug. 2, 1833, and is the son of Lyman and Snsan (Marshall) Spaulding. He prepared for college at Melville Academy, in Jaffrey, working on the farm during the time. In 1851 he entered Oberlin College, from which he graduated in 1855. He then spent three years in teaching, devoting his leisure to the study of law. He taught successively in the union schools at Medina, Ohio, and Hillsdale, Mich., and in the academy at Mcdi, Mich. In 1858 he was admitted to the bar, and settled at St. Johns, where he has since continued to practice his profession, with the exception of the time spent in the civil war. In 1862 he began military service as captain in the Twenty-third Michigan Volunteer Infantry, and was appointed, successively, major, lieutenant-colonel, and colonel, having been senior officer in command of the regiment from the time of receiving his commission as major in 1863. At the close of the war he was in command of the Second Division, Twenty-third Army Corps, and was brevetted brigadier-general of United States volunteers, June 25, 1865, “for faithful and meritorious services during the war.” In 1858 he was elected a regent of the State University, and held the office until 1864. In 1866 he was elected Secretary of State, and was re-elected in 1868. In 1875 he was appointed, by President Grant, Special Agent of the Treasury Department, which office he still holds.

Gen. Spaulding has for a number of years been actively conuected with the Masonic fraternity. In 1869 he was Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters; in 1872, Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar; in 1877, Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter; and for several years has been chairman of the standing committee on appeals in the Grand Lodge. He is at present Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the State of Michigan.

Gen. Spaulding was reared a Congregationalist, but in 1866 became connected with the Episcopal Church, and since that time has been senior warden.

Politically he has been an active member of the Republican party since its organization, and an ardent member of the State Central Committee since 1870. In the Republican Convention held at Owosso, he was nominated by acclamation, Aug. 5, 1880, for member of Congress from the Sixth District.

His family consists of a wife and three children. Mrs. Spaulding was the daughter of the Hon. John Swegles, who was the founder of the village of St. Johns.

History of Shiawassee and Clinton Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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