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date: 09 December 2019

Oliphant, Hermanlocked

(31 August 1884–11 January 1939)
  • Mark Warren Bailey

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Oliphant, Herman (31 August 1884–11 January 1939), legal educator and federal administrator, was born in Forest, Indiana, the son of Albert G. Oliphant, a farmer and livestock trader, and Martha Jane Richardson. Oliphant spent his early years on the family farm. After grade school, a year’s work for his father and as a member of a bridge gang convinced Oliphant to continue his education, first at Danville Normal School and later at Marion Normal College, from which he graduated in 1907 with an A.B. Oliphant married Julia Sims, also of Forest, in 1905; their marriage produced five children. In order to finance his studies and support his family, Oliphant taught English at Marion College until 1911 while continuing his studies in philology, Greek, and philosophy at Indiana University. He obtained an A.B. from that institution in 1909 and pursued graduate studies for two more years. In 1911 Oliphant declined the offer of a fellowship to study philology at Indiana University and instead began legal studies at the University of Chicago Law School. He continued to teach English and mathematics in the evening to support his family and received a J.D. with honors in 1914....

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