Mar 01, 2012 - Sale 2271

Sale 2271 - Lot 81

Price Realized: $ 720
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
"THE UNION HAS BEEN PRESERVED" (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION--RECONSTRUCTION.) ORR, JAMES L[AWRENCE]. "The Union has been preserved--its indissolubility has been established and now give justice and equality to all its members. James L. Orr, Gov. of South Carolina." Signed statement on an 8vo, piece of official South Carolina Stationary, dated 14 September 1866, with the great seal of the State in the upper left corner. Columbia, SC, 1866

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an exceptional statement of patriotism and reconciliation by this one time confederate officer. James Lawrence Orr (1822-1873) studied law at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville in 1842, practicing law until becoming a Democratic member of the State House for four terms till 1859. He was a member of the secession convention in 1861 and served in the Confederate Army during the war. In 1865, he was special commissioner sent to negotiate a provisional government in South Carolina with President Johnson. He was elected governor as a Republican in 1866, and remained a Republican and later minister to Russia under Grant.