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William Orr papers

 Collection — Box: 64
Identifier: MS-SC1124

Scope and Contents

A 1797 memoriam to William Orr, an Irishman who died "on the altar of English tyranny". Three letters, 1821-1822, from Edward Copland in New York and Philadelphia discuss politics and news of the day. Lengthy discussion of the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia and its handling. One letter, 1822, from C.A. Beck in Albany, NY. gives lengthy discussions re: an article about Thomas Jefferson by "A Native of Virginia", a controversy between Mr. Rumpel and J.Q. Adams and New York politics between DeWitt Clinton and Judge Yates. Two 6 page letters from Orr to Judge Sawyer in Edwardsville, Ill. discuss the Black Hawk War. Orr states he believes the Indians wanted nothing more than to plant corn, criticizes Governor Reynolds handling and the military's actions. Political speech offering to take the place of U.S. Representative Charles Slade, who died in 1834 while in office. 1844 agreement between Minerva and Christopher Serini.


  • Created: 1797 - 1844

Biographical / Historical

Came to St. Louis in 1818 from New York and took over as editor of the St. Louis Register, but moved the next year to Kaskaskia, Ill. where he edited the Republican Advocate, changed to Kaskaskia Republican and in 1826 to Illinois Reporter. Served as a Private in the Black Hawk War. Married to Minerva Fouke, daughter of Philip Fouke a prominent Kaskaskia resident. Died from cholera in 1836 at Belleville, Ill. where he had moved.


1 folder (1 folder : .5 linear inches (.042 linear feet)) : 20 items

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