J.P. Orr is a native of Ohio, and was born in August 1832. He attended the common schools, after which he entered an academy located in his native county. When he was about twenty-five years of age, he commenced the study of law, and was admitted to the bar in 1865, after which he engaged in the practice of his profession. In 1865, he
went to Illinois and spent some time in traveling over the state. In 1868, he came to Kansas City, from there he removed to Leavenworth, Kansas, from there to Junction City. He then returned to Ohio, where he spent about six months, and then came to Holden, where he has resided ever since. Soon after his arrival, he opened a law office, and has been actively engaged since that time. He was elected City Attorney three times, in 1872, 1875, and 1879. He has been a stockholder and director in the bank of Holden, for a number of years. He was first
married to Miss Elizabeth Smith, a native of Ohio, who died in 1862, leaving two children, John S. and Marshal F. He was again married in 1872, to Miss Utilla Galloday, of Holden, by whom he has one child, Laura C. Mr. Orr identified himself with the M.E. Church in 1852. He and his wife are both acceptable members and liberal contributors. Mr. Orr owns a most beautiful residence, indicative of taste and comfort throughout, with extensive grounds, and exquisite surroundings.
—THE HISTORY OF JOHNSON COUNTY, MISSOURI-Madison Township
Biographies for Madison Township, Pages 744-774 Kansas City Historical Co. 1881. Located by Adam Seaman