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Oliver Harlan Cross papers

Identifier: MSS-3478

Scope and Contents

The Oliver Harlan Cross papers include a CD and a photograph.


  • after 1945


Biographical / Historical

Oliver Harlan Cross, a representative for the State of Texas to the U. S. House in the early years of the twentieth century, was born in Eutaw, Greene County, Alabama, on July 13, 1868. He attended public schools and graduated from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1891. He taught in the public schools at Union Springs, Alabama, in 1891 and 1892. He then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1893. He began practicing law in Deming, New Mexico. He moved to McGregor, Texas, in 1894, and continued the practice of law. He served as city attorney of McGregor in 1895 and 1896. Cross moved to Waco, Texas, in 1896, and continued to practice law. There he was the assistant attorney of McLennan County from 1898 to 1902. He was elected to the State house of representatives in 1900. He was the district attorney for McLennan County from 1902 to 1906. Cross retired from his law practice in 1917 and assumed agricultural pursuits. He was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-first and the three succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1929 to January 3, 1937. He did not run for reelection in 1936 and returned to his agricultural and real-estate activities. Cross died in Waco, Texas, on April 24, 1960.

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Papers include a CD and a photograph

Physical Location

W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


Gift from Clinton Cross, 2005


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Guide to the Oliver Harlan Cross papers
May 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266