February 7, 1856, Albany, New York

September 26, 1941, Albany, New York.

Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York.


Oliver was a theater manager, drama critic, and director of music for the public school system of Albany, New York. He attended the Albany Classical Institute, and later the Albany Academy, from which he graduated in 1872 and where he received the Gannon Medal for excellence in chemistry. He went on to Harvard, but was forced to quit due to poor eyesight, so he took up music. He was organist at All Saints Cathedral, the Emanuel Baptist Church, the Second Presbyterian Church, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Albany.

He taught three generations of students in Albany, and it was said he never forgot the first names of his thousands of pupils. Two years before his retirement from the public school system in 1936, his former students gave him a dinner attended by 700.

  1. Baranquilla
  2. Beau Vallon
  3. Beautiful Bright Sunshine, The
  4. In the Early Morning, Early
  5. Merry, Merry Chiming Bells
  6. Oliver
  7. Once Again the Olden Story