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ORSAY, HENRY (1834–1929). Henry Orsay, soldier and chief clerk for the Texas adjutant general's office, was born in Montreal, Canada, on August 25, 1834, the son of Ulric D'Orsay. After attending Joliet College, a high school in Canada, he immigrated to the United States and dropped the D' from his name. On April 12, 1862, he enlisted in the United States Army. He was stationed in the recruiting depot at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, before he was assigned to the Sixth United States Cavalry. He traveled to Texas with that group and was stationed at Austin in November 1865. Orsay was discharged from the army on April 12, 1868, but was employed under military authority in the Civil Service until September 1870, when he began work in the Texas adjutant general's office. He was chief clerk in that office until 1900. Orsay married Hulda Pecht on February 14, 1869; they had a daughter. Orsay was a Democrat. He died in Austin on October 27, 1929.


Austin American, October 28, 1929. Henry Orsay Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


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