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Donald H. Oliver

Senator for South Shore, Nova Scotia
In office
September 7, 1990 – November 16, 2013
Appointed by Brian Mulroney
Personal details
Born November 16, 1938 (1938-11-16) (age 82)
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
Political party Conservative
Profession Lawyer

Donald H. Oliver CM ONS QC (born November 16, 1938) is a Canadian lawyer, developer and politician. Appointed by former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Oliver served in the Senate of Canada from 1990 until 2013. He was the first male black Canadian to have a seat in the Senate, and the second black Canadian appointed to the chamber.

A lawyer and real estate developer, Oliver is a member of Nova Scotia's black minority. He is descended in part from African-American slave refugees who were resettled by the British in Canada from the United States after the War of 1812. But his maternal grandfather, William A. White, migrated independently in 1900 from Baltimore, Maryland. Oliver is the nephew of Canadian opera singer Portia White, politician Bill White and labour union activist Jack White, and the cousin of political strategist Sheila White.

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