The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Ferry, Orris Standford

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FERRY, Orris Standford, American statesman and solider: b. Bethel, Conn., 15 Aug. 1823; d. Norwalk, Conn., 21 Nov. 1875. He was graduated at Yale in 1844. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1846. After filling important political places in his native State he was in 1859 elected to Congress as a Republican, and sat as one of the famous Committee of Thirty-Three appointed to consider and report upon the condition and relations of the seceded States. He was colonel of the Fifth Connecticut Volunteer Infantry (1861), and served from 1862 to the end of the war as brigadier-general of volunteers. He was elected to the United States Senate as a Republican in 1866, and re-elected in 1872.