FERRY, Orris Sanford (1823-1875)
Senate Years of Service: 1867-1875

FERRY, ORRIS SANFORD, a Representative and a Senator from Connecticut; born in Bethel, Fairfield County, Conn., August 15, 1823; pursued preparatory studies and graduated from Yale College in 1844; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1846 and practiced; appointed judge of probate in 1849; member, State senate 1855-1856; prosecuting attorney for Fairfield County 1856-1859; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth Congress; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1861); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Thirty-seventh Congress; entered the Union Army in 1861 as colonel of the Fifth Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry; brigadier general of United States Volunteers 1862-1865; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1866; reelected in 1873, and served from March 4, 1867, until his death in Norwalk, Conn., November 21, 1875; chairman, Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses (Forty-first Congress), Committee on Patents (Forty-second through Forty-fourth Congresses), Committee on Pensions (Forty-second Congress), Committee on Education and Labor (Forty-fourth Congress); interment in Norwalk Cemetery.

Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT
Papers: 11 letters (1857-1867), chiefly correspondence with Oliver Henry Perry and Gideon Welles, and a print. Finding aid.

Connecticut State Library
Hartford, CT
Papers: 1866, 1868. 3 letters. Finding aid.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1873. 2 items.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In Harry H. Ensign autograph collection, 1818-1880.

  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Orris S. Ferry (a Senator from Connecticut). 44th Cong., 1st sess., 1875-1876. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1876.