Oliver Ames

Oliver Ames
Oliver Ames
35th Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 8, 1887 – January 4, 1890
Lieutenant John Q. A. Brackett
Preceded by George D. Robinson
Succeeded by John Q. A. Brackett
33rd Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
Governor Benjamin F. Butler (1883–1884)
George D. Robinson (1884–1887)
Preceded by Byron Weston
Succeeded by John Q. A. Brackett
Massachusetts Senate[1]
In office
Town of Easton
School Committee[1]
Personal details
Born February 4, 1831(1831-02-04)
Easton, Massachusetts
Died October 22, 1895(1895-10-22) (aged 64)
Easton, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Anna Coffin Ray
Profession Financier

Oliver Ames (February 4, 1831 – October 22, 1895) was a U.S. political figure and financier. He was the 35th Governor of Massachusetts (1887–1890). He was the son of Oakes Ames (1804–1873), a United States Congressman who was censured in the Credit Mobilier scandal, and the nephew of Oliver Ames, Jr..



Ames was born in North Easton, Massachusetts. He was apprenticed in his father's shovel factory, and was later educated at Brown University. In 1863, he became a partner in Ames & Sons. For ten years, he superintended the mechanical business of the establishment, and on his father's death assumed control of his numerous financial trusts, including shares in the Union Pacific Railroad.[2]

As his father's heir, Ames spent several years in paying off the obligations of millions of dollars incurred by the Union Pacific Railroad and other undertakings. He entered public life avowedly to vindicate his father's memory: he was lieutenant-governor of Massachusetts 1882-86, in 1883 obtained the vindicatory resolution he sought, and from 1886 to 1888 was governor.[3]

Together with his brother Oakes Angier Ames, Oliver created many important buildings and landscapes in North Easton with architect H. H. Richardson and landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted.


His son Oakes Ames (1874–1950) was a well-known American botanist and orchid expert.


Ames was elected an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity in 1917, by the fraternity's Alpha Chapter at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He is the only known honorary member known to be elected after his death.

The Easton, Massachusetts public high school is named Oliver Ames High School (OAHS).

See also


  1. ^ a b Clarke, James W. (1885). The Bay State Monthly A Massachusetts Magazine of Literature, History, Biography and State Progress Vol. II. Boston, Massachusetts: John N. McClintock and Company. p. 187. 
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Ames, Oakes". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. 1900. 
  3. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Ames, Oliver (son)". Encyclopedia Americana. 1920. 

External links


  • Clarke, James W.: The Bay State Monthly A Massachusetts Magazine of Literature, History, Biography and State Progress Vol. II, Boston, Massachusetts: John N. McClintock and Company, (1885) p. 187.
Political offices
Preceded by
Byron Weston
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
John Q. A. Brackett
Preceded by
George D. Robinson
Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
John Q. A. Brackett

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