Roger Atkinson Pryor
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Roger Atkinson Pryor
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.
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Carole Lombard Movie Schedule: MR. AND MRS. SMITH, VIGIL IN THE NIGHT, IN NAME ... - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Cast: Carole Lombard, May Robson, Roger Pryor. BW-76 mins. 1:00 PM VIRTUE (1932) A taxi driver falls for a sassy New York con girl. Dir: Edward Buzzell. Cast: Carole Lombard, Pat O'Brien, Ward Bond. BW-69 mins. 2:30 PM IN NAME ONLY (1939) A wealthy man
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Church holds picnic at Orlando Northbrook Estates - Bloomington Pantagraph
Google News - over 5 years
“Our pastor Roger Pryor's vision is that we live church every day. It's not just in the walls of the church. We take it to the community and serve God by serving others,” said Michelle Cook. She pointed to Pryor, who was playing a beanbag game with a
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Contractor puts final touches on new school-district building - The Commercial Dispatch
Google News - over 5 years
During the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday, project architect Roger Pryor gave the board a positive update on the project. The board had submitted 13-page deficiency report to contractor Anco on June 30, a day after what was
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July 7 At the Movies - phillyBurbs.com
Google News - over 5 years
Roger Pryor co-stars in the film, which will be preceded by “The Fatal Glass of Beer,” a short with WC Fields. “So's Your Aunt Emma” will be shown at Rave Motion Pictures Ritz Center 16, 900 Haddonfield-Berlin Road in Voorhees
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Brooke Shields' grandfather featured in new book “The Wimbledon finale that ... - TennisGrandstand
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... Paavo Nurmi, Betty Nuthall, Alex Olmedo, Rafael Osuna, JAnita Page, Ray Palmer, Arnold Palmer, Gerald Patterson, Budge Patty, Pele, Fred Perry, Yvon Petra, Mark Philippoussis, Walter Pidgeon, Gary Player, Prince Rainer, Roger Pryor, Dennis Ralson,
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The Green Center - West End Word
Google News - almost 6 years
The center includes a Discovery Garden, daylily hybridizing beds, a woodland, the Roger Pryor Prairie, and rain, vegetable and herb gardens. photo by Kholood Eid (click for larger version) The center includes a geodesic greenhouse, a Discovery Garden,
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Ann Curry is the new co-anchor of 'Today' show - Philadelphia Inquirer
Google News - almost 6 years
On Friday, TCM will honor actor, producer and director Jackie Cooper, who died last week at 88, by showing nine of the films from his child-star days, beginning at 6 am with the 1935 "Dinky," with Mary Astor and Roger Pryor, and finishing at 6:30 pm
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TCM to remember Jackie Cooper - Pittsburgh Post Gazette (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
The day will also feature "The Devil Is a Sissy" (1936), co-starring Freddie Bartholomew and Mickey Rooney, and "Tough Guy" (1936), with Rin Tin Tin Jr. 6 am — "Dinky" (1935), with Mary Astor and Roger Pryor. 7:15 am — "Divorce in the Family" (1932),
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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; Jazz and Dance Might Love to Step Out Together
NYTimes - almost 17 years
A crucial argument revolving around jazz -- and one that hasn't been heard much in decades -- is whether the music needs to be connected to its roots in dance. Roger Pryor Dodge, the dancer and jazz enthusiast, was an eloquent, committed writer on this topic. As he explained in ''The Dance-Basis of Jazz,'' a 1945 essay, jazz's ideal state of health
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NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: BROOKLYN UP CLOSE;Breuckelen Revisited: A History Fair in the County of Kings
NYTimes - over 21 years
The Colonial buffs brought tri-cornered hats. Civil War types gathered maps and newspaper clippings. Neighborhood groups displayed sepia-toned, turn-of-the-century photographs. There were mementos from the 40's and 50's: badges for Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, menus and lobster bibs from Lundy's Restaurant in Sheepshead Bay, and not a few
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roger Atkinson Pryor
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1919
    Age 90
    He served until his death on March 14, 1919 in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details He was buried in Princeton Cemetery, in Princeton, New Jersey., where his wife and their sons Theodorick and William had already been buried. Sara Pryor shared her husband's struggles during their early years of poverty in New York. She sewed all the children's clothes, gained school scholarships, and helped her husband with his law studies. Realizing that other women and children needed help, she raised money to found a home for them. Like her husband, Sarah Pryor helped found lineage and heritage organizations, including Preservation of the Virginia Antiquities (since 2009 named Preservation Virginia); the Mary Washington Memorial Association; the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR); and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. She became a productive writer, after 1900 publishing two histories on the colonial era, two memoirs and novels. Her Reminiscences of Peace and War (1904), was recommended by the United Daughters of the Confederacy to its membership for serious study.
  • 1912
    Age 83
    In retirement, Pryor was appointed on April 10, 1912 as official referee by the appellate division of the New York State Supreme Court.
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  • 1890
    Age 61
    In December 1890, Pryor joined the New York chapter of the new heritage/lineage organization, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), for male descendants of participants in the war.
    More Details Hide Details When admitted, he and his documented ancestors were all entered under his membership number of 4043. Annoyed at being excluded from the men's club, Sara Agnes Rice Pryor and other women founded chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, setting up their own lineage society to recognize women's contributions and organize for historic preservation and education.
    In 1890, Pryor was appointed as judge of the New York Court of Common Pleas, where he served until 1894.
    More Details Hide Details He was next appointed as justice of the New York Supreme Court, serving from 1894 to 1899, when he retired.
  • FORTIES
  • 1876
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Chosen by the Democratic Party for the important Decoration Day address in 1877, after the national compromise that resulted in the federal government pulling its troops out of the South, Pryor vilified Reconstruction and promoted the Lost Cause. He referred to all the soldiers as noble victims of politicians, although he had been one who gave fiery speeches in favor of secession and war. Historian David W. Blight has written that Pryor was one of a number of influential politicians who shaped the story of the war as excluding the issue of slavery; in the following years, the increasing reconciliation between the North and South was based on excluding freedmen and the issues of race.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1868
    Age 39
    Pryor brought his family from Virginia to New York in 1868, and they settled in Brooklyn Heights.
    More Details Hide Details They struggled with poverty for years but gradually began to get re-established. Pryor learned to operate in New York Democratic Party politics, where he was prominent among influential southerners who became known as "Confederate carpetbaggers." Eventually he gave speeches saying that he was glad that the nation had reunited and that the South had lost.
  • 1865
    Age 36
    In 1865, an impoverished Pryor moved to New York City, invited by friends he had known before the war.
    More Details Hide Details He eventually established a law firm with the politician Benjamin F. Butler of Boston. Butler had been a Union general who was widely known and hated in the South. Pryor became active in Democratic politics in New York.
    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."
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  • 1864
    Age 35
    Pryor was captured on November 28, 1864, and confined in Fort Lafayette in New York as a suspected spy.
    More Details Hide Details After several months, he was released on parole by order of President Lincoln and returned to Virginia.
  • 1863
    Age 34
    In the early days of the war, Sara Rice Pryor accompanied her husband and worked as a nurse for the troops. In 1863 after he resigned his commission, she stayed in Petersburg and struggled to hold their family together, likely with the help of relatives.
    More Details Hide Details She later wrote about the war years in her two memoirs published in the early 1900s.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In August of that year, he enlisted as a private and scout in a Virginia cavalry regiment under General Fitzhugh Lee.
  • 1862
    Age 33
    At Antietam on September 17, 1862, he assumed command of Anderson's Division in Longstreet's Corps when Maj. Gen. Richard H. Anderson was wounded.
    More Details Hide Details Pryor proved inept as a division commander, and Union troops flanked his position, causing them to fall back in disorder.
    He was promoted to brigadier general on April 16, 1862.
    More Details Hide Details His brigade fought in the Peninsula Campaign and at Second Manassas, where it became detached in the swirling fighting and temporarily operated under Stonewall Jackson. Pryor's command initially consisted of the 2nd Florida, 14th Alabama, 3rd Virginia, and 14th Louisiana. During the Seven Days Battles, the 1st Louisiana Battalion (Coppens' Zouaves) were temporarily attached to it. Afterwards, the Louisianans departed and Pryor received two brand-new regiments; the 5th and 8th Florida Infantry. As a consequence, it became known as "The Florida Brigade".
  • 1861
    Age 32
    In that period, Congress generally met late in the year.) He served in the provisional Confederate Congress in 1861, and also in the first regular Congress (1862) under the Confederate Constitution.
    More Details Hide Details He entered the Confederate army as colonel of the 3rd Virginia Infantry.
    In 1861, Pryor was re-elected to his Congressional seat, but, Virginia declaring secession meant he never took his seat. (In this period, several states including Virginia elected U.S. Representatives in the early part of odd years.
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    In early 1861, Pryor agitated for immediate secession in Virginia, but the state convention did not act.
    More Details Hide Details He went to Charleston in April, to urge an immediate attack on Fort Sumter. (Pryor asserted this would cause Virginia to secede.) On April 12, he and Sara accompanied the last Confederate party to the fort before the bombardment (but stayed in the boat). Afterward, while waiting at Fort Johnson, he was offered the opportunity to fire the first shot. But he declined, saying, "I could not fire the first gun of the war." Pryor almost became the first casualty of the Civil War - while visiting Fort Sumter as an emissary, he assumed a bottle of potassium iodide in the hospital was medicinal whiskey and drank it; his mistake was realized in time for Union doctors to pump his stomach and save his life.
  • 1859
    Age 30
    He served from December 7, 1859 and was re-elected, serving to March 3, 1861, when the state seceded.
    More Details Hide Details In the House, Pryor became a particular enemy of Representative Thaddeus Stevens, a Republican from Pennsylvania in favor of abolitionism. During his term, Pryor got into a fierce argument with John F. Potter, a representative from Wisconsin, and challenged him to a duel. Having the choice of weapons according to duel protocol, Potter chose bowie knives. Pryor backed out, saying that the knife was not a "civilized weapon." The incident was widely publicized in the Northern press, which portrayed Pryor's refusal to duel as a coup for the North - and as a cowardly humiliation of a Southern “fire eater”. During an anti-slavery speech by Illinois Republican (and cousin) Owen Lovejoy on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on April 5, 1860, Lovejoy condemned the Democrats for their racist views and support of slavery. As Lovejoy gave his speech, Pryor and several other Democrats in the audience, grew irate and incensed over Lovejoy's remarks and threatened him with physical harm, with several Republicans rushing to Lovejoy's defense.
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1857
    Age 28
    Upon his return to Virginia, in 1857 he established The South, a daily newspaper in Richmond.
    More Details Hide Details He became known as a fiery and eloquent advocate of slavery, southern states' rights, and secession; although he and his wife did not personally own slaves, they came from the slaveholding class. His advocacy of the institution was an example of how, in a "slave society" like Virginia, slavery both powered the economy and underlay the entire social framework.
  • 1854
    Age 25
    After getting involved in politics, Pryor was appointed by President Franklin Pierce as a diplomat to Greece in 1854.
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  • 1852
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The latter was one of the leading papers in the South for 50 years.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1848
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details One of numerous children, she was effectively adopted by a childless aunt, Mary Blair Hargrave and her husband, Dr. Samuel Pleasants Hargrave, and lived with them in Hanover, Virginia. They were slaveholders. When Sara was about eight, the Hargraves moved with her to Charlottesville for her education. Sara and Roger A. Pryor had seven children together:
  • 1845
    Age 16
    Pryor graduated from Hampden–Sydney College in 1845 and from the law school of the University of Virginia in 1848.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he was admitted to the bar, but abandoned law on account of ill health. He started working as a journalist before his marriage.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1828
    Born
    Born on July 19, 1828.
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