Benjamin Orr (Massachusetts politician)

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Benjamin Orr
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1819
Preceded byBenjamin Brown
Succeeded byMark Langdon Hill
Personal details
Born(1772-12-01)December 1, 1772
Bedford, New Hampshire
DiedSeptember 3, 1828(1828-09-03) (aged 55)
Brunswick, Maine
Political partyFederalist
Alma materDartmouth College

Benjamin Orr (December 1, 1772 – September 3, 1828) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts.

Orr was born in Bedford, New Hampshire, on December 1, 1772. He was self-educated and apprenticed as a carpenter. He attended Fryeburg Academy, taught school at Concord and New Milford, New Hampshire; and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1798. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1801 and commenced the practice of law in Brunswick, Maine (then a part of Massachusetts).

Orr moved to Topsham, Maine, in 1801 and continued the practice of law; was overseer of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, and served as trustee from 1814 to 1828 and as treasurer in 1815 and 1816.

Orr was elected as a Federalist to the Fifteenth Congress (March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1819) but was not a candidate for renomination in 1818.

He resumed the practice of law in Topsham and, in 1822, returned to Brunswick to continue the practice of law.

He died in Brunswick, on September 3, 1828, and he was interred in Pine Grove Cemetery.



  • United States Congress. "Benjamin Orr (id: O000102)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Benjamin Brown
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 16th congressional district

(Maine district)
March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1819
Succeeded by
Mark Langdon Hill