Henry Francis Orton

5 June 1876–
Illinois, United States

The Life of Henry Francis

When Henry Francis Orton was born on 5 June 1876, in Illinois, United States, his father, Sylvester Stacy Orton, was 52 and his mother, Esther J. Martin, was 43. He married Pearl on 5 January 1902, in Robertson, Texas, United States. He lived in Buena Vista, Iowa, United States in 1900 and Grant, Portage, Wisconsin, United States in 1910.

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Henry Francis Orton
Marriage: 5 January 1902

Spouse and Children

5 January 1902
Robertson, Texas, United States

Parents and Siblings



    Mary Josephine Orton


    Julia Harriet Orton


    James "Jim" Azariah Orton


    Charles Alfred Orton




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World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 5

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 8

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1907 · Not for profit elections

Age 31

The first act prohibiting monetary contributions to political campaigns by major corporations.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of various places called Orton. All those in England share a second element from Old English tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’, but the first element in each case is more difficult to determine. Examples in Cambridgeshire and Warwickshire are on the banks of rivers, so that there it is probably Old English ōfer ‘riverbank’; in other cases it is impossible to decide between ofer ‘ridge’ and ufera ‘upper’. Orton in Cumbria is probably formed with the Old Norse byname Orri ‘black-cock’ (the male black grouse). Orton near Fochabers, Scotland, is of uncertain etymology.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Henrey F Orton in household of Frederick S Orton, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Harry F Orton in household of George A Connell, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Harry F Orton in household of Sylvester Orton, "United States Census, 1880"

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