Oliver Perry Temple, American lawyer. member of commn.
Temple, Oliver Perry was born on January 27, 1820 in Green Company, Tennessee, United States. Son of James and Mary (Craig) Temple.
Graduate Washington College, Tennessee, 1844.
Admitted to bar, 1846. Candidate for Congress, 1847. Moved to Knoxville, 1848.
Appointed by President Fillmore, 1850, member of commission to visit Indian tribes of New Mexico, Arizona and California. One of Bell-Everett presidential electors for Tennessee, 1860. Made first Union speech delivered in the State after the election of President Lincoln.
One of Union leaders in E. Tennessee. One of chancellors of Tennessee, 1866-1878. Retired from bar, 1881.
Postmaster, Knoxville, 1881-1885. Retired from all active duties. Visitor to West Point under appointment of President Grant, 1874.
Trustee University of Tennessee, 40 years Author: The Covenanter, The Cavalier and the Puritan, 1897. East Tennessee and the Civil War, 1899. Union Leaders of East Tennessee, 1903.