Abram B. Olin

Abram Baldwin Olin, Congressman and Judge.

Abram Baldwin Olin (September 21, 1808 July 7, 1879) was a U.S. Representative from New York. He subsequently served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia from 1863 to 1879.

Born in Shaftsbury, Vermont, Olin was the son of Gideon Olin. Olin attended the common schools, and graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 1835. He studied law with Albert Gallatin Whittemore of Milton, Vermont, and was admitted to the bar in 1838. He commenced practice in Troy, New York, and served as city recorder from 1844 to 1852.

Olin was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth, Thirty-Sixth, and Thirty-Seventh Congresses (March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1863).

On March 10, 1863, Olin was nominated by President Abraham Lincoln to a new seat as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia (now the United States District Court for the District of Columbia) created by 12 Stat. 762. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 11, 1863, and received his commission the same day. He voluntarily retired on January 13, 1879. He died near Sligo, Maryland, July 7, 1879. He was interred in the Danforth family lot adjacent to West Lawn Cemetery, Williamstown, Massachusetts.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Russell Sage
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
John B. Steele
Legal offices
Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Succeeded by
Alexander Burton Hagner

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