Hon.  Oliver  J.  Glessner,

         Hon. Oliver J. Glessner, attorney at law, was born in Frederick City, Maryland, October 11, 1828.  The Glessner family came originally from Germany, and settled in Pennsylvania.  John Glessner, Oliver's father, was born in 1800, and died in 1865, in Morgan County, Indiana.  His mother, Elnora Glessner, a native of Baltimore, Md., was born in 1803.  The subject of this sketch is the second of twelve children, ten of whom are living.  Mr. Glessner came with his parents to Indianapolis in 1836, and there remained a short time, thence moving to Morgan County.  He grew to manhood on the farm, receiving a good common school education meanwhile.  He began the study of law in 1853, in the office of W. R. Harrison. During the same winter he entered the Department of Law in the State University and graduated in 1856.  He located afterward at Martinsville and began the active practice of law.  In 1864, he was elected Judge of the 8th Judicial District, and served until 1868.  He moved to Shelbyville in 1865, and has been practicing law ever since his term as judge expired.  Judge Glessner is in politics a Democrat.  He was elected a member of the State Senate from Shelby and Bartholomew Counties, in 1870, and served four years. In 1872, while yet a Senator, he introduced the bill which abolished the Common Pleas Court.  He was married to  Miss Louzena Moore, of Georgetown, Ills., in 1860.  To this union five children have come:  Louann,  Daniel M.,  Franklin,  Martha and  Oliver J.  In 1880, he was chosen to act as one of the presidential electors upon the Democratic ticket, but was not elected.  Judge Glessner is one of Shelbyville's most prominent citizens.  He is an active man in everything he undertakes, and always makes his influence felt whatever way he chooses to move.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Brant & Fuller, 1887, "Shelbyville Sketches,"  page 485-6.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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