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Marlin Edgar Olmsted

Marlin Edgar Olmsted (May 21, 1847 – July 19, 1913) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Marlin E. Olmsted was born near Ulysses, Pennsylvania. He attended the common schools and Coudersport Academy. He was the assistant corporation clerk and promoted to corporation clerk in charge of collection of corporate taxes under Pennsylvania’s revenue system. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1878, and commenced practice in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was elected to represent Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, in the proposed constitutional convention in 1891.

Olmsted was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth and to the seven succeeding Congresses. He served as Chairman of the United States House Committee on Elections No. 2, during the Fifty-seventh through Sixtieth Congresses, and the United States House Committee on Insular Affairs, during the Sixty-first Congress. He was one of the managers appointed by the United States House of Representatives in 1905 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Charles Swayne, judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1912. He resumed the practice of his profession in Harrisburg. He died in New York City in 1913. Interment in the Harrisburg Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Marlin E. Olmsted (id: O000079)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ephraim M. Woomer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles F. Wright
Preceded by
Thaddeus M. Mahon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
Aaron S. Kreider