Granville Henderson Oury, US Congress

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Granville Henderson Oury, Capt Confederate and Congressman

Birthplace: Abingdon, Virginia
Death: 1891 (65-66)
Tucson, Arizona
Immediate Family:

Son of Augustus Oury and Catherine Oury
Husband of Sarah Malvina Oury
Father of Genevieve Jackson
Brother of William Sanders Oury, survived the AlamoConfederate soldier; Marcus Ory/Ury/Owrey/Oury; Mary Ann Pettibone; Sally Wood; Susan Wells Parsons and 3 others

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About Granville Henderson Oury, US Congress

OURY, Granville Henderson, a Delegate to the U.S. Congress from the Territory of Arizona; born in Abingdon, Washington County, Va., March 12, 1825; moved with his parents to Bowling Green, Mo., in 1836; pursued academic studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1848 at Bowling Green, Mo.; moved to San Antonio, Tex., the same year, and in 1849 moved to Marysville, Calif., and engaged in mining; went to Tucson, Ariz., in 1856 and began the practice of law; presided as judge of the district court for Arizona and New Mexico at Mesilla, N.Mex.; elected delegate from Arizona to the Confederate Congress and took his seat January 21, 1862; resigned in 1862 to serve as captain, Herbert’s Battalion, Arizona Cavalry, Confederate Army; colonel on the staff of General Sibley in Texas and Louisiana 1862-1864; took oath of allegiance October 8, 1865, at Fort Mason, Ariz., and then resumed the practice of law at Tucson; elected to the Territorial house of representatives in 1866; appointed Territorial attorney general in 1869; moved to Phoeniz in 1871; appointed district attorney of Maricopa County and served from 1871 to 1873; again elected to the Territorial house of representatives in 1873 and 1875, serving as speaker in 1866 and 1873; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1878 to the Forty-sixth Congress; appointed district attorney of Pinal County in 1879; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1885); was not a candidate for renomination in 1884; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1884; returned to Florence, Ariz., in 1885 and resumed the practice of law; district attorney for Pinal County in 1889 and 1890; died in Tucson, Ariz., January 11, 1891; interment in the Masonic Cemetery, Florence, Ariz.


History of Arizona, Thomas Edwin Farish, Vol. 2 1915, pg. 269

Granville H. Oury was born in Abingdon Virginia and came to Arizona in 1856. He commanded the expedition out of Tucson which went to join the Crabb expedition in Mexico. Upon the seizure of Tucson by the Confederates and the organization of the Territorial Government under Secession rule, he was sent as delegate to the Confederate Congress at Richmond, where he remained during the war. At its close he returned to Arizona, settled in Florence, where he practiced as an attorney and served two terms as Delegate to Congress in the years 1880-82.

He was the brother of W.S. Oury. He died in the year 1891 in Washington D.C.

US Congressman. At age 11 he and his family moved to Bowling Green, Missouri where he went to school, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1848. He then went through a series of moves that included San Antonio, Texas and Marysville, California in 1849 and to Tucson, Arizona in 1856. He was a judge of the district court for Arizona and New Mexico in Mesilla, New Mexico. In 1862, he was elected as Arizona's delegate to the Confederate Congress, but he resigned in the same year to become a Captain in the Arizona Cavalry in the Confederate Army. He served as a colonel under General Henry Sibley in Texas and Louisiana from 1862 to 1864. On October 8, 1865 he took the oath of allegiance to the United States at Fort Mason, Arizona and returned to his Tucson law practice. From 1866 to 1879 he served in various Arizona state political offices, including Speaker of the House of the Arizona Territorial House of Representatives, Arizona Territory Attorney General and district attorney for Pinal County, Arizona. He was elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives and served from 1881 to 1885. He died from throat cancer. (bio by: Tom Todd);;

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Granville Henderson Oury, US Congress's Timeline

March 12, 1825
Abingdon, Virginia
Age 65
Tucson, Arizona