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Robert ORR, Jr.

(1786-1876)

ORR, Robert, Jr., a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near Hannastown, Westmoreland County, Pa., March 5, 1786; attended the public schools; at an early age moved with his parents to Armstrong County; later moved to Kittanning; deputy sheriff of Armstrong County in 1805; studied surveying and was appointed deputy district surveyor; served in the War of 1812 and promoted to the rank of colonel; member of the state house of representatives 1817-1820; served in the state senate 1821-1826; elected as a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Allison, Jr.; reelected as a Jacksonian to the Twentieth Congress and served from October 11, 1825, to March 3, 1829; retained his interest in military affairs, acquiring the rank and title of general; resided in Orrsville a short time in 1845, and later in Allegheny City 1848-1852; returned to Kittanning, Armstrong County, Pa., and died there May 22, 1876; interment in Kittanning Cemetery.

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

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