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OLIYER, Robert, soldier, born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1738; died in Marietta, Ohio, in May, 1810. He removed in early life to Barre, Massachusetts, and was a lieutenant of militia in 1775. He was a captain in the 3d regiment when it marched to Cambridge, and in 1779 was lieutenant-colonel of the 10th Massachusetts Continentals. He distinguished himself at the storming of the German intrenchments at the battle of Saratoga. For some time he acted as adjutant-general of the northern army, and excelled as a disciplinarian. In 1782 he received the brevet of colonel, he was one of the first settlers of Marietta, Ohio, in 1788, was chosen a representative in the territorial legislature in 1798, became a member of the council in 1799, and was its president in 1800-'3. He was also a judge of the court of common pleas.
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