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W.A. Orr William Alexander Orr
Full Name: William Alexander Orr
Date of birth: November 20, 1836
Date of death: December 2, 1913

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 73 Jan 8, 1895 - Jan 12, 1897 24th   Democrat Dallas / Dallas   Dallas
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • Obituary, "Capt. W.A. Orr Passes Away: Former Dallas County Commissioner Dies at Burleson," 12/3/1913, p. 18. "Capt. Orr moved here [Burleson, Texas] from Dallas County five years ago." Dallas Morning News.
  • Obituary, "Death of W.A. Orr," Johnson County Genealogical Society, Finders Keepers, Fall 1997, pp. 98-99, crediting Johnson County Genealogical Society. William Alexander Orr, birth date 11/20/1836 in Green County, Georgia, death date 12/2/1913 in Burleson, Texas. "He was a member of the 24th Legislature and a champion of the anti Prize Fight Bill. Also the author of a special road law for Dallas County and several other important bills." Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Military Service Notes
  • Confederate States Army, Mike Farley's company roll at Jefferson, and 2nd Lieutenant, Company F, 9th Texas Regiment; description of military service. Biographical sketch, Captain William A. Orr of Ferris, Volume II, pp. 250-252. "At the conclusion of this long and honorable public service Captain Orr was sent to the legislature to champion the anti prize-fight bill, which passed both houses and became a law . . . Soon after retiring from the commissionership Captain Orr was nominated as a legislative representative from Dallas county, and had the honor of being one of the one hundred and forty-four members which passed the measure abolishing prize-fighting in Texas." Father William G. Orr, mother Jane M. [Harris] Orr; marriage to Miss Matilda Smart in October 1865; Dallas County Commissioner from 1882-1894. A History of Greater Dallas and Vicinity, 1909.
  • Other Resources
  • "Captain W.A. Orr of Wilmer, who served in the lower branch of the twenty-fourth legislature, announces for re-election to that office subject to the democratic primary." "Candidate for Representative," 4/19/1896, p. 24. Author of Orr road law, served in Gen. Sul Ross' brigade in the Civil War. Dallas Morning News.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. W.A. Orr, 24th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 24th session composite photo of House members (House chamber gallery, east wall. 3W.2). State Preservation Board.
  • 24th session composite photo of House members by Hill (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Committee Informationtop
    24th R.S. - 1895
    County Government and County Finances  
    Internal Improvements  
    Roads, Bridges and Ferries  

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