Biography of George W. Orr
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

GEORGE WALLACE ORR, a resident of Cleveland and active in local business affairs for over a quarter of a century, has for the last twenty five years been superintendent and manager of the Rose Building, one of the largest of the down town business blocks.

Mr. Orr is a native of Ohio, born at Youngstown, January 16, 1869. In the paternal line he is of Scotch ancestry. The first of this branch of the family to come to America was John Orr, who settled in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. His son, Charles Orr, was born in Westmoreland County. John D. Orr, son of Charles, and father of George W., was born at Mount Jackson, Pennsylvania, September 22, 1842. Moving to Ohio in 1862, he located at Youngstown, and for many years did a successful business as a carpenter contractor in that city. During the Harrison administration he was appointed to a position in the Government revenue department, and was connected with that branch of the federal service for five years. He died at Youngstown in 1915. Jdhn D. Orr married Rebecca Armstrong, of English ancestry. She was born at Youngstown in 1843, and died in that city in 1905. Her father was Hugh Wallace Armstrong, a native of Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

George Wallace Orr was reared at Youngstown, attended the public schools of that city, and also had training in a commercial business college and then in the Special Business College. After several years in the retail grocery business he moved from Youngstown to Cleveland in 1896, and his work here had been almost entirely in connection with the management of some of the large properties in the down town area. For a time he was connected with the American Trust Building. Since 1918 he has been superintendent and manager of the Rose Building. He is also a director in the Dover Savings & Loan Company and has various financial interests.

Mr. Orr is affiliated with Bigelow Lodge No. 243, Free and Accepted Masons, Keystone Chapter No. 217, Royal Arch Masons, Oriental Cornmandery No. 12, Knights Templar, Lake Erie Consistory of the Scottish Rite, Al Koran Temple of the Mystic Shrine and the Masonic Club. He is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Pilgrim Congregational Church.

August 28, 1890, Mr. Orr married Helen N. Hull, of Youngstown, but a native of Pittsburgh. Her father was Prof. W. N. Hull, of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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