April 24, 1879, Norris City, Illinois.
March 20, 1960, Delta, Colorado.
Delta Cemetery, Delta, Colorado.
French was the son of William Gaff Oliver and Sarah Ann Vineyard, and husband of Caroline Williams.
A Presbyterian minister and evangelist, he was living in Kansas City, Missouri, as of 1908. By 1920, he was in Los Angeles, California. His works include:
- The Gospel Pilot Hymnal, with Daniel Towner (Chicago, Illinois: 1899)
- Oliver’s Songs of Deliverance (Kansas City, Missouri: French E. Oliver, 1908)
- Famous Negro Sermons (Hollywood, California: Oliver Press, 1928)
- Get Right with God
- I Know the Lord Laid His Hands on Me
- I Might Have Known It Was Jesus
- I’m on Life’s Ocean
- In His Steps How Sweet to Follow
- Is the World Better or Worse Where You Tread?
- Jesus Has Shown the Way
- Jesus, Hold Me Fast
- Lord, I Forgot
- My Father Feeds the Sparrow
- My Pilot Is Jesus
- No Sorrow Yonder
- O Watchman!
- Pray Through
- Under His Shadow
- What If?
- What if My Heart Should Feel
- Whatever You Think Both in Joy or in Woe
- When Jesus Comes
- Let Something Good Be Said
- Two Babes