Marlin Edgar Olmsted (May 21, 1847 – July 19, 1913) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania in the 18th district.

Marlin Edgar Olmsted
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byThaddeus M. Mahon
Succeeded byAaron S. Kreider
Personal details
Born(1847-05-21)May 21, 1847
Ulysses Township, Pennsylvania
DiedJuly 19, 1913(1913-07-19) (aged 66)
New York City
Resting placeHarrisburg Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Gertrude Howard
(m. 1899)
EducationCoudersport Academy



Marlin E. Olmsted was born in Ulysses Township, Pennsylvania on May 21, 1847.[1][2] 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.

He married Gertrude Howard on October 26, 1899.[1]

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 at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital on July 19, 1913, and was buried at Harrisburg Cemetery.[2]


  1. ^ a b Jordan, John W., ed. (1914). Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Biography, Illustrated. Vol. III. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company. pp. 1055–1057. Retrieved June 19, 2023 – via Internet Archive.
  2. ^ a b "Death of M. E. Olmsted". Lykens Standard. July 25, 1913. p. 1. Retrieved June 19, 2023 – via
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by