Born: November 24, 1800, Beverly, Massachusetts.
Died: August 12, 1885, Salem, Massachusetts.
Buried: Broad Street Cemetery, Salem, Massachusetts.
Henry was the son of Daniel Oliver and Elizabeth Kemble, and husband of Sarah Cook.
He attended the Boston Latin School, Phillips Andover Academy, Harvard University, and Dartmouth (graduated 1818). He received an honorary music degree from Harvard in 1862, and from Dartmouth in 1883.
He was a church organist for 36 years, and taught school for 24.
He served as mayor of Salem and Lawrence, Massachusetts, Adjutant General of Massachusetts (1844), and as Massachusetts State Treasurer (1861–65).