Orris S. Ferry

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"(August 15, 1823 -- November 21, 1875) Orris Sanford Ferry was a(n) lawyer, judge, public servant, soldier, general, and American politician. Ferry was born in Bethel, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Orris studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1846. He served as judge of probate (1849), a member of the State senate (1855-1856), and prosecuting attorney for Fairfield County (1856-1859). Ferry served in the Union Army in 1861 as a colonel of the 5th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer infantry and brigadier general of United States Volunteers (1862-1865). He was elected as a Republican to the 36th Congress (March 4, 1859- March 3, 1861) and was not successful in the 35th or 37th Congress. He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1866 and was reelected in 1873 (March 4, 1867 - his death November 21, 1875), serving as chairman on the Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses (41st Congress), Committee on Patents (42nd Congress - 44th Congress), on the Committee on Pensions (42nd Congress, and the Committee on Education and Labor (44th Congress). [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774 - Present', available at https://bioguideretro.congress.gov/Home/MemberDetails?memIndex=F000094]"

Member of Connecticut Delegation—United States Fifteenth Amendment.

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