Oliver H. Cornelius

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Date of Birth: 
Date of Death: 
February 20, 1950
Location of Death: 
McAlester, OK
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Circumstances of Death

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


Agent Cornelius joined the Bureau of Prohibition on March 16, 1931, and served at offices in Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri; Ft. Smith, Arkansas, 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, Oklahoma. He was survived by his wife, Lillie Pearl.

Last Reviewed July 17, 2020