CS Con Orr, Jehu Amaziah - C.S. Congressman, MS

Jehu Amaziah Orr


Born: April 10, 1828

Birthplace: Anderson County, South Carolina

Christopher Orr 1794 – 1864
(Buried: Zion Presbyterian Cemetery, Furrs, Mississippi)​

Mother: Martha McCann 1798 – 1862
(Buried: Zion Presbyterian Cemetery, Furrs, Mississippi)​

Brother: Governor James L. Orr 1822 – 1873
(Buried: First Presbyterian Church, Anderson, South Carolina)​

Wife: Cornelia Ewing Van de Graaff 1833 – 1917
(Buried: Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, Mississippi)​


Christopher Orr 1853 – 1913
(Buried: Gardner Cemetery, Zolfo Springs, Florida)​
William Gates Orr 1856 – 1901​
(Buried: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Okolona, Mississippi)​
Martha Corrine Orr Harris 1861 – 1946​
(Buried: Collinsville Cemetery, Collinsville, Alabama)​
Pauline Van de Graaff Orr 1866 – 1955​
(Buried: Mount Hope Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York)​

Political Party: Democratic Party


Attended Erskine College​
Attended College of New Jersey​

Occupation before War:

Attorney in Houston, Mississippi​
Secretary of Mississippi State Senate​
Mississippi State Representative​
United States Attorney for Northern District of Mississippi​
1856: Mississippi Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention​
1860: Mississippi Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention​
1860: Supporter of Stephen A. Douglas Presidential Campaign​

Civil War Career:

1861: Member of Mississippi State Constitutional Convention​
1861: Filled in vacancy of William S. Wilson in Provisional Congress​
1861 – 1862: Mississippi Delegate Confederate Provisional Congress​
1861 – 1862: Worked to strengthen the army and economy​
1862: Unsuccessful Candidate for Confederate regular congress.​
1864 – 1865: Confederate States Congressman from Mississippi​
1864 – 1865: Member of House Foreign Affairs Committee​
1864 – 1865: Member House Quartermasters and Commissary Committee​
1864 – 1865: Worked to strengthen the army and economy​
Introduced bills to end exemptions, to punish speculators​
Lacked the confidence of President Jefferson Davis​
Voted against most of his nominees and Presidential Powers​
1864 – 1865: Prominent leader in the Peace movement​
1865: Blamed Hampton Roads failure on Jefferson Davis.​
1865: Spent last month of the war in Mississippi arraigning Davis​

Occupation after War:

Believed in the Philosophy of accommodation to the stronger party.
Advised for the enfranchisement of negroes on a limited basis.​
1870 – 1876: Circuit Court Judge in the State of Mississippi​
Participated in the movement against the carpetbag regime​
Trustee of University of Mississippi for more than thirty years.​
Elder in the Presbyterian Church for fifty years​
Attorney in Columbus, Mississippi​

March 9, 1921

Place of Death: Columbus, Mississippi

Age at time of Death: 93 years old

Burial Place: Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, Mississippi
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
His brother, James Lawrence Orr, was a Confederate Colonel, Senator. U.S. Congressman and later Governor of South Carolina and later still Ambassador to Russia.

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