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Benjamin ORR

(1772-1828)

ORR, Benjamin, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Bedford, N.H., December 1, 1772; self-educated; apprenticed as a carpenter; attended Fryeburg (N.H.) Academy; taught school at Concord and New Milford, N.H.; graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1798; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1801 and commenced the practice of law in Brunswick, Maine (then a part of Massachusetts); moved to Topsham, Maine, the same year and continued the practice of law; overseer of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, and served as trustee from 1814 to 1828 and as treasurer in 1815 and 1816; elected as a Federalist to the Fifteenth Congress (March 4, 1817-March 3, 1819); was not a candidate for renomination in 1818; resumed the practice of law in Topsham, Maine; returned to Brunswick, Maine, in 1822 and continued the practice of law; died in Brunswick, Maine, on September 3, 1828; interment in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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