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For the former U.S. Secretary of State and Attorney General, see Richard Olney.

Preceded by Edward Gilmore
Succeeded by Louis A. Frothingham

Richard Olney (1871-1939) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts. He was born in Milton, New Hampshire on January 5, 1871. He attended the public schools, Leicester Academy and graduated from Brown University in 1892. He became a wool merchant. Olney was elected a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1902. He served as chairman of the board of selectmen of Leicester.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1903, was member of the Massachusetts Minimum Wage Commission, and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1912. Olney was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fourth, Sixty-fifth, and Sixty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1915 - March 3, 1921). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress.

He was appointed a member of the World War Foreign Debt Commission in 1923 and reappointed by President Calvin Coolidge in 1925. He served as chairman of the Massachusetts Parole Board, and was chairman of the Massachusetts Commission of the Necessaries of Life from 1938 until his death in Boston, on January 15, 1939. His interment was in Cherry Valley Cemetery in Leicester.

Olny was the nephew of former U.S. Secretary of State and Attorney General Richard Olney.


  • Eggert, Gerald G. “Richard Olney and the Income Tax Cases.” Mississippi Valley Historical Review 48 (June 1961): 24-41
  • James, Henry. Richard Olney and his Public Service. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1923.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward Gilmore
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 14th congressional district

March 4, 1915 - March 3, 1921
Succeeded by
Louis A. Frothingham


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