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Orr, Erwin E.

House 1917-18 (District 51)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election

Counties Served:  Wadena


Date of Birth: ??/??/1868
Birth Place: Northfield, Minnesota
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Birth Country: United States
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Gender: Male
Reported Minority: None Reported
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City of Residence (when first elected): Wadena
Occupation (when first elected): Stock Farm Operator/Partner in Land Business/Former Mercantile Business




Spouse: Vinnie M. Poe (married in 1892)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:


He was born on a farm.

He moved to Cascade, Goodhue County, Minnesota when he was 18 years old, with his parents. He moved to Sciota, Dakota County, Minnesota in 1892. He moved to Madison Lake, Blue Earth County, Minnesota in 1901. He then moved to Waterville, Le Sueur County, Minnesota. He moved to New York Mills, Minnesota in 1908. He moved to Wadena, Minnesota in 1909.

Total Days Served: 735


40th Legislative Session (1917-1918)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 51
Elected: 11/7/1916
Residence: Wadena
Term of Office: 1/2/1917 to 1/6/1919
Counties Represented: Wadena
Occupation: Stock Farm Operator/Partner in Land Business/Former Mercantile Business
Party: Nonpartisan Election
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Session Notes: He won the election and was sworn in on the first day of session. His election was contested by Charles S. Wilkin for violations related to the Corrupt Practices Act. Orr admitted he had given out cigars and soft drinks during his campaign but he argued it wasn't to influence votes. The Election Contests Committee, submitted a majority and a minority report. The House voted to adopt the majority report and Erwin E. Orr was confirmed as the winner of the election.