Oliver H. Prince

U.S. Congressperson

1787 – 1837

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Who was Oliver H. Prince?

Oliver Hillhouse Prince was a United States Senator from Georgia.

Born in Montville, Connecticut in 1787, he completed preparatory studies, and moved to Georgia in 1796 with his parents, who settled in Washington, Wilkes County. He engaged in newspaper work, and studied law, gaining admission to the bar in 1806 and commencing practice in Macon. He was one of five commissioners who laid out the town of Macon in 1824, and was a member of the State senate that same year. He was elected to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas W. Cobb and served from November 7, 1828 to March 3, 1829 as a Jacksonian Democrat. He was later an author and editor, and presided over the first railroad convention in Georgia, and was one of the first stockholders and directors of the Georgia Railroad. He abandoned the practice of law to become editor of the Georgia Journal in 1830, and retired to Athens, Georgia in 1835.

Prince perished in the wreck of the packet ship SS Home near Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina on October 9, 1837, and the remains were never recovered.

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Also known as
  • Oliver Prince
  • United States of America
Lived in
  • Connecticut
Oct 9, 1837
Cape Hatteras

on July 23, 2013


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