HON. JOHN ORR, former assemblyman from the first district of Orange County, was born in Cornwall, N. Y., March
5, 1859. He is a son of William and Margaret (Elliott) Orr, and is engaged in the flour and coal business at Orr's
Mills, which is now one of the industrial landmarks of the town of Cornwall. Mr. Orr was educated at public and
private schools, finishing with a three year course at Leipsic, Germany. On his return home he became a member
of the firm of William Orr & Sons, dealers in flour, feed and coal.
Politically Mr. Orr is a Republican, and has taken an active part in promoting the welfare of his party, not only
in his native town but throughout the county. In addition to representing this district in the state legislature
for four years, he was elected a member of the board of supervisors, where he served nine years. He has held public
office in the town of Cornwall for a period of twenty years. Mr. Orr is particularly well posted on questions of
taxation and parliamentary usage, and in close touch with the farming community, recognizing their needs and desires.
He enjoys the reputation of being a pleasant after dinner speaker.
Mr. Orr is prominently identified with various fraternal organizations, including Free Masonry. In August, 1900,
he was elected great sachem of the Improved Order of Red Men, state of New York, and has also held the office of
president of the Association of Tribes of the Hudson Valley.
In 1888 Mr. Orr was united in marriage with Miss Angelique Veith, of New York City. They are the parents of two
children, Alice and Walter.
The History of Orange County New York
Edited by: Russel Headley
Van Deusen and Elms, Publishers
Middletown, N. Y. 1908
Orange County, NY
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