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Oliver H. Cornelius

Name:  Oliver Holmes Cornelius

Date of Birth:  1897

Date of Death:  02/20/1950

Location of Death:  McAlester, Oklahoma









During a still raid outside McAlester, OK, Special Agent Oliver Cornelius suffered a fatal heart attack and died at the scene.


Agent Cornelius joined the Bureau of Prohibition on 3/16/1931, and served at  offices in Kansa City and St. Louis, MO; Ft. Smith, AR, and Oklahoma City.  He carried badge #420. Agent Cornelius was a veteran of World War I, having proudly served in the U. S. Army from 1916-1919.  He held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves.


Agent Cornelius was born in Antlers, OK.  He was survived by his wife, Lillie Pearl.