PRYOR, Roger Atkinson, a Representative from Virginia; born near Petersburg, Dinwiddie
County, Va., July 19, 1828; was graduated from Hampden-Sydney College,
Virginia, in 1845 and from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in
1848; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1849 and practiced a short time
in Petersburg, but abandoned law on account of ill health; engaged on the
editorial staff of the Washington Union in 1852 and the Richmond Enquirer in
1854; appointed special United States Minister to Greece in 1854; returned and
established The South in 1857; associated himself with the staff of the
Washington States; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-sixth Congress to fill
the vacancy caused by the death of William O. Goode and served from December 7,
1859, to March 3, 1861; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army as
a colonel in 1861 and brigadier general in 1863; later resigned his commission
and reenlisted as a private soldier; member of the Virginia Confederate House
of Representatives; captured by the Union troops in November 1864 and confined
in Fort Lafayette, but soon afterward was released; moved to New York City and
practiced law 1866-1890; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in
1876; judge of the court of common pleas of New York 1890-1894; justice of the
New York Supreme Court 1894-1899; retired upon reaching the age limit;
appointed official referee by the appellate division of the supreme court April
10, 1912, and served until his death in New York City March 14, 1919; interment
in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, N.J.
BibliographyHolzman, Robert S.
Adapt or Perish; The Life of General Roger A. Pryor, C.S.A.
Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, 1976.