Pence Billings Orr. - One of the well known professional men of Joliet is Pence Billings Orr, a veteran of the
World War, who commands a substantial general law practice here, with offices in the Will County National Bank
Building. He was born at Columbus, Bartholomew County, Ind., March 9, 1883, the son of Hon. John C. and Rose E.
Hon. John C. Orr was born near Attica, Fountain County, Ind., in 1854. He was educated in the public schools of
Indiana and in 1876 was graduated from the Law School of the University of Michigan. He engaged in practice at
Evansville, Ind., for a short time but later removed to Columbus, Ind., where he spent the remainder of his life.
He died in 1893, and his widow, Rose E. Billings Orr, who was born at Oxford, Ohio, in April, 1854, resides at
Columbus. Mr. On was a Republican, and was serving as acting judge at the time of his death. Lawrence F. Orr, at
present State Examiner of Accounts for the State of Indiana, is a brother of Pence Billings On, the subject of
this sketch; Ella M. Orr, a sister, lives at Columbus, Ind.
Pence Billings Orr was educated in the public schools of Columbus, from which he was graduated in 1901. He received
his degree in law from the University of Indianapolis in 1905 and on May 23rd of that year was admitted to the
Indiana State Bar. He came to Joliet, May 29th and read law in the offices of the lath Judge George L. Cowing and
George Young. He was admitted to the Illinois State bar Oct. 16, 1905, and has practiced independently in this
city since that time. He was later admitted to the Federal Court.
On Feb. 1, 1919, Mr. On married Miss Edith V. Johnson, the daughter of Frederick and Emma (Johnson) Johnson of
Joliet. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are both living at Joliet.
Mr. Orr is a Republican and served as assistant attorney general of the State of Illinois for seven years under
attorney general Brundage. He is assistant commissioner on the Illinois Commerce Commission. Mr. Orr is identified
with the Will County, Illinois State, and Amercan Bar Associations.
Mr. Orr is a member of the Presbyterian Church and he belongs to the Knights of Pythias, Paul Revere Lodge No.
371; he was Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias of Illinois 1924-5, and is now serving as representative
of the supreme lodge of Illinois; D. 0. K. K. No. 47 Aa Zaz Temple; Elks lodge No. 296; Loyal Order of Moose, No.
300; Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Modern Woodmen of America; Matteson Lodge A. F. & A. M. No. 175; Joliet
Chapter, R. A. M. No. 27; Joliet Commandery, K. T. No. 4; Ansar Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.; and Order of the Eastern
During the World War Mr. Orr enlisted for service and was sent to Camp Gordon, Georgia, where he was assigned to
Company D, Second Infantry. He was discharged with the rank of sergeant, Jan. 2, 1919. He is a charter member and
one of the organizers of American Legion, Harwood Post No. 5, and was a member of the first executive committee
of the American Legion of the State of Illinois in 1919 and 1920. He also is active in the affairs of the "40
and 8" society. Mr. On is also a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of Civil War.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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