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John Orr papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0008
The papers consist of approximately 25 letters from Virginia Military Institute Cadet John Orr to his parents. The correspondence contains details about cadet life during the early 1890's, including references to daily routines (guard duty, meals, studies); faculty; the town of Lexington; and an extensive account of the fight between two cadets that led to the death of Warner T. Taliaferro, VMI Class of 1894. The collection also contains 2 religious tracts, circa 1890.

Dates

  • 1890 - 1891

Creator

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Conditions Governing Use

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Extent

25 items (approximately 25 items)

Biographical / Historical

John Orr, Jr., the son of John Orr and Laura Allen, was born at Calvert, Texas on June 15, 1875. He attended the Virginia Military Institute for two years, 1890-1892, and subsequently was a student at the University of Texas. For a number of years after leaving school, Orr was a salesman for his family's wholesale grocery business in Austin, Texas. He later worked for Swift and Co. packing house in Kansas City, but returned to Texas due to ill health. He died on April 11, 1909 and is buried at Austin.

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks
Title
A GUIDE TO THE JOHN ORR PAPERS, 1890-1891
Author
Diane B. Jacob
Date
© 2002 Virginia Military Institute

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

Contact:
VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450
540-464-7516