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Ortha Orrie Barr Jr.
Born (1922-03-04)March 4, 1922
Allen County, Ohio, U.S.
Died March 24, 2003(2003-03-24) (aged 81)
Chagrin Falls, Ohio, U.S.
Place of burial Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, U.S.
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of Michigan (B.A., LLB)
  • Attorney
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Marie Virginia Infante (m. 1945)
Children 5
Military career
Allegiance United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1942–1945
Rank US Army WWII SGT.svg Sergeant
Battles/wars World War II

Ortha Orrie Barr Jr. (March 4, 1922 – March 24, 2003) was an American attorney who was the Democratic Party candidate for Ohio’s 4th congressional district for the U. S. House of Representatives in the 1956 congressional elections.[1][2] The Republican incumbent in 1956, William Moore McCulloch (1901–1980) defeated Barr in a landslide victory by nearly 38 percentage points. McCulloch was a twelve-term congressman from 1947 to 1973.[1]

Life[edit | edit source]

Born in 1922 in Ohio, Barr’s parents were Ortha Orrie Barr Sr. (1879–1958) and Bertha Anna Woerner (1881–1953).[1][3][4] Ortha Barr Jr. served in the United States Army during World War II,[5] and became a prisoner of war.[6][7] He was detained at the Stalag B Camp in Bad Orb, Hessen-Nassau in the then Prussia.[7] He attained the rank of sergeant. Before the conscription, he had completed two years of college and was skilled in metal product fabrication.[5]

After the war, he studied accounting at the University of Michigan, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1951.[8] He continued his studies at the University of Michigan Law School (Class of 1954), where his father, Ortha O. Barr Sr. had graduated from with an LLB degree in 1904.[9][10][11][12] Ortha Barr Jr. married Marie Virginia Infante (28 November 1925 – 25 June 2011) in 1945 and they had five children.[13][14][15][16] He died in 2003 and was buried at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Medina County.[1][13]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Osterdahl, Andy (2013-10-26). "The Strangest Names In American Political History : Ortha Orrie Barr Sr. (1879-1958), Ortha Orrie Barr Jr. (1922-2003)". https://politicalstrangenames.blogspot.com/2013/10/ortha-orrie-barr-sr-1879-1958.html. 
  2. Kalb, Deborah (2015-12-24) (in en). Guide to U.S. Elections. CQ Press. ISBN 978-1-4833-8035-3. https://books.google.com/books?id=9CZECwAAQBAJ&q=ortha+o+barr+1956+elections&pg=SL9-PA9. Retrieved 3 October 2020. 
  3. "Barr - Public Member Photos & Scanned Documents - Ancestry.com". https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1093/?name=_Barr&birth=_sweden_5216&count=50&bsk=MDs3MDUxOzU1MA-61--61-&fh=6500. 
  4. "Bertha Anna Woerner (1881-1953) • FamilySearch". https://ancestors.familysearch.org/en/9S9J-M6M/bertha-anna-woerner-1881-1953. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Ortha O Barr: Person, pictures and information - Fold3.com" (in en). https://www.fold3.com/page/88975781-ortha-o-barr. 
  6. The National Archives. "World War II Prisoners of War". https://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp?f=645&mtch=3057&q=Bad+Orb&dt=466&bc=&rpp=50&pg=12. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "NARA - AAD - Display Full Records - World War II Prisoners of War Data File, 12/7/1941 - 11/19/1946". https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=466&mtch=3057&tf=F&q=Bad+Orb&bc=&rpp=50&pg=12&rid=42567&rlst=42368,42404,42435,42492,42567,42592,42597,42636,42640,42737. 
  8. (in en) Michiganensian. University of Michigan. 1951. https://books.google.com/books?id=DYOfAAAAMAAJ&q=Ortha+O.+Barr+Jr.&pg=PA378. Retrieved 3 October 2020. 
  9. "Michigan Law: History and Traditions". http://www.law.umich.edu/historyandtraditions/students/Pages/ProfilePage.aspx?SID=15532&Year=1954. 
  10. University of Michigan (1905) (in en). Calendar of the University of Michigan, 1904-1905. Ann Arbor, Michigan: The University. https://books.google.com/books?id=A-c_AAAAYAAJ&q=ortha+orrie+barr&pg=PA282. Retrieved 29 July 2020. 
  11. University of Michigan Law School (1903) (in en). Announcement with List of Students. https://books.google.com/books?id=HQtLAAAAMAAJ&q=ortha+orrie+barr&pg=PA44. Retrieved 29 July 2020. 
  12. University of Michigan (1950) (in en). General Register. UM Libraries. https://books.google.com/books?id=6vThAAAAMAAJ&q=ortha+orrie+barr&pg=PA22. Retrieved 17 September 2020. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Ortha Orrie Barr Jr. (1922-2003) - Find A Grave..." (in en). https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/31919231/ortha-orrie-barr. 
  14. "Marie Infante Barr (1925-2011) - Find A Grave..." (in en). https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/75147134/marie-infante-barr. 
  15. "Marie Infante Barr (1925-2011) - Find A Grave..." (in en). https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/75147134/marie-infante-barr. 
  16. "The Journal News Obituaries". https://obits.lohud.com/obituaries/lohud/obituary-search.aspx?firstname=&lastname=infante&daterange=99999&keyword=&countryid=1&stateid=44&affiliateid=2418. 

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