Roger Atkinson Pryor

Roger Atkinson Pryor

Confederate Army General
Born Jul 19, 1828

Roger Atkinson Pryor was both an American politician and a Confederate politician serving as a congressman on both sides. He was also a jurist, serving in the New York Supreme Court, a lawyer, and newspaper editor. Pryor is also known for being a Confederate Brigadier General during the American Civil War.… Read More

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1828 Birth Born on July 19, 1828.


1845 16 Years Old Pryor graduated from Hampden–Sydney College in 1845 and from the law school of the University of Virginia in 1848. … Read More
1848 19 Years Old On November 8, 1848, Pryor married Sara Agnes Rice, daughter of Samuel Blair Rice and his second wife, Lucy Walton Leftwich, of Halifax County, Virginia. … Read More


1852 23 Years Old For a few years, Pryor worked at journalism, serving on the editorial staffs of the Washington Union in 1852 and the Daily Richmond Enquirer in 1854. … Read More
1854 25 Years Old After getting involved in politics, Pryor was appointed by President Franklin Pierce as a diplomat to Greece in 1854.
1857 28 Years Old Upon his return to Virginia, in 1857 he established The South, a daily newspaper in Richmond. … Read More


1859 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1859, Pryor was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives; he filled the vacancy in Virginia's 4th District caused by the death of William O. Goode.
In early 1861, Pryor agitated for immediate secession in Virginia, but the state convention did not act. … Read More
1862 33 Years Old 1 More Event
He was promoted to brigadier general on April 16, 1862. … Read More
1863 34 Years Old 1 More Event
As a result, he did not gain a permanent higher field command from the Confederate president. In 1863, Pryor resigned his commission and his brigade was broken up, its regiments being reassigned to other commands. … Read More
1864 35 Years Old Pryor was captured on November 28, 1864, and confined in Fort Lafayette in New York as a suspected spy. … Read More
1865 36 Years Old 1 More Event
CSA War Clerk and diarist, John B. Jones, mentioned Pryor in his April 9, 1865 entry from Richmond, VA, "Roger A. Pryor is said to have remained voluntarily in Petersburg, and announces his abandonment of the Confederate States cause."
1868 39 Years Old Pryor brought his family from Virginia to New York in 1868, and they settled in Brooklyn Heights. … Read More


1876 47 Years Old Pryor was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876, a year before the federal government pulled its last military forces out of the South and ended Reconstruction. … Read More


1890 61 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1890, Pryor was appointed as judge of the New York Court of Common Pleas, where he served until 1894. … Read More
1912 84 Years Old In retirement, Pryor was appointed on April 10, 1912 as official referee by the appellate division of the New York State Supreme Court.
1919 91 Years Old He served until his death on March 14, 1919 in New York City. … Read More
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