Orris S. Ferry

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(15 August, 1823 — 21 November, 1875) Ferry was an American lawyer, soldier, and politician. Born in Fairfield County, Conn. Ferry studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1846. Ferry was appointed judge of Probate in 1849 and was a member of the State senate from 1855 to 1856. Ferry subsequently served as Prosecuting Attorney for Fairfield County from 1856 to 1856 and was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Thirty-fifth Congress in 1856. Ferry was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth Congress and served from March 4th, 1859 to March 3rd, 1861. After an unsuccessful candidacy for the Thirty-seventh Congress, Ferry entered the Union Army as Colonel of the Fifth Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry and was Brigadier General of United States Volunteers from 1862 to 1865. Subsequently, Ferry was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1866, reelected in 1873, and served from March 4th, 1867 until his death in November 1875. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp]

Member of Connecticut Delegation—The Road to Civil War.

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