William Alexander Orr (1846 - 1877)



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Born in UK but lived most of life in Australia

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Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland County, England United Kingdom


Glasgow, Glasgow City County, Scotland United Kingdom


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Wife: Emma Pickering (Mann) Orr


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1846 - In the year that William Alexander Orr was born, on November 4th, the Donner Party was stranded in the Sierra Nevada on its way to California. The ill-fated wagon train was snowed in and couldn't get out of the mountains for 3 months. Some went for help - on foot - but the majority of the 87 people in the wagon train were stuck in heavy snow, without food. Only 48 of the original settlers survived - some by cannibalism of the dead.

1861 - William was only 15 years old when on February 11th the U.S. House voted unanimously to guarantee noninterference with slavery in any state, allowing states to decide whether they would allow slavery or not.

1868 - By the time he was 22 years old, on May 30th, Memorial Day was observed as a day to decorate the graves of Union soldiers with flowers. General John A. Logan, of the Grand Army of the Republic, had declared the 30th "Decoration Day".

1875 - At the age of 29 years old, William was alive when the Bombay Stock Exchange - the first stock exchange in Asia - was established. It was called "The Native Share & Stock Brokers Association".

1877 - In the year of William Alexander Orr's passing, on March 2nd, the U.S. presidential election of 1876 was ended with the selection of Rutherford B. Hayes as the winner. Samuel J. Tilden had won the popular vote in November 1876 but 20 votes in the electoral college were in dispute. An informal agreement was made in which Hayes agreed to remove federal troops from South Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana, ending Reconstruction in the South. So, on March 4th, Rutherford B. Hayes became the 19th President of the United States.

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William Alexander Orr died in 1877 at 30 years old. No cause of death has been entered for William. He was born on December 16, 1846 in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England , United Kingdom. He married Emma Pickering (Mann) Orr. We know that William Alexander Orr had been residing in Australia.


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