Oliver 1855 – One of the Few Women to Attend the National Colored Convention
Classic Oliver Tractors chronicles this historic agricultural brand through vintage advertisements and brochures as well as contemporary photos that illustrate this chapter of agriculture’s past.
The Oliver 1855 is one of the more notorious models available; its engines were turbo-charged and overpowered, often overheating in hot climates. Yet many Oliver 1855s are still out on the roads earning their keep.
Early Life and Education
Ann Elizabeth Armstrong (1826 – 1900) was one of few women present at the 1855 National Colored Convention and dedicated her life to community service and education. Armstrong learned this attitude from both of her parents; John Oliver worked as a whitewasher before owning and operating second-hand clothes stores; Julia Oliver provided child care.
The Olivers were on the brink of running out of money. Due to rough seas, food became scarce. At Albany they boarded a railroad train that ran on wood fuel; stopping every few miles for additional supplies of fuel.
James began working at a farm for one dollar per day, delivering lunch to field workers and chopping wood using a neck yoke. Additionally, James enjoyed eating meat at his employer’s table – something unheard of back home in Scotland!
Oliver credits working before attending law school as the key factor in his decision to enter the legal field. At first, he intended to become an engineer – even accepting an offer from Purdue University – but after seeing first-hand the impacts of labor relations on employees he decided that law was what he truly desired to pursue as his profession of choice.
Oliver first made waves in 1875 when he handled the case of Warren Avenue Church janitor Jim Piper who was accused of killing and concealing the body of an infant within its belfry. Oliver’s skill at handling this complex legal case resulted in Piper’s conviction, propelling him on an extensive 30-year legal career.
Oliver was both an accomplished lawyer and poet; he is widely credited with popularizing several terms like Boston Brahmin and anesthesia.
Achievement and Honors
Oliver made his mark in the agricultural industry after founding his company. This enterprise produced various kinds of tractors and other agricultural equipment as well as international ventures.
In 1903, The Oliver Corporation was created through a merger of seven seed drill and farming equipment companies. After this union took place, only the Oliver Superior Drill Company continued producing products under their brand.
Joseph D. Oliver took control of the business following his father’s death and took it to new heights. He introduced industrial and crawler tractors as well as other machinery into global markets, along with producing high-quality vehicles sold internationally as well as marketing grain drills and other farming equipment for distribution and marketing.
The Oliver Collection includes personal correspondence, financial and legal records, family memorabilia and printed material collected over time. Additionally, documents related to Oliver Corporation including research and development work can also be found here.
James Oliver (August 28 1823 – March 2, 1908) founded South Bend Iron Works in Indiana to produce his popular Oliver Chilled Plow and ultimately amassed 45 patents, growing the company to become one of the nation’s largest.
Charles Lowell was an influential literary figure. He published several influential books, such as The Vision of Sir Launfal and A Fable for Critics. Additionally, he contributed articles to newspapers and magazines; always tirelessly working but occasionally lacking organizational skills.
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