Oliver Ames, Governor

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Oliver Ames

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Easton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: October 22, 1895 (64)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Village Cemetery, Easton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Oakes Angier Ames and Eveline Orville Ames
Husband of Catherine Ames and Anna Ames
Father of Katharine Hobart Spalding; Oliver Ames; Oakes Ames; William Hawden Ames; Evelina Orville Hall and 3 others
Brother of Oakes Angier Ames; Frank Morton Ames; Susan Eveline French and Henry Gilmore Ames

Occupation: Massachusetts Senator, Lieutenant Gov. and Governor
Managed by: Gene Daniell
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About Oliver Ames, Governor


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.

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.

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).


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Oliver Ames, Governor's Timeline

February 4, 1831
Easton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
March 1, 1861
Age 30
April 4, 1863
Age 32
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
September 6, 1864
Age 33
Easton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
September 17, 1867
Age 36
Easton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
February 4, 1870
Age 39
Easton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States
January 11, 1874
Age 42
September 26, 1874
Age 43
Easton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States