ORTH, Godlove Stein

ORTH, Godlove Stein
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, Gift of Jim Oliver


ORTH, Godlove Stein, A Representative from Indiana; born in Lebanon, Pa., on April 22, 1817; attended the Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1839 and commenced practice in LaFayette, Ind.; member of the State senate 1843-1848 and served one year as president; presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1848; delegate to the peace convention held in Washington, D.C., in 1861 in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; served as captain of a company of Volunteers during the Civil War; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1871); chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Fortieth and Forty-first Congresses), Committee on Foreign Affairs (Forty-third Congress); was not a candidate for reelection in 1870 to the Forty-second Congress; elected to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); was not a candidate for renomination in 1874; appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Austria-Hungary March 9, 1875, and served until May 23, 1876, when he resigned; elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses and served from March 4, 1879, until his death in LaFayette, Tippecanoe County, Ind., December 16, 1882; interment in Springvale Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

The Morgan Library
Literary & Historical Manuscripts

New York, NY
Papers: ca. 1877-1879, 2 items. Includes letters from Godlove Stein Orth to President Rutherford B. Hayes recommending Thomas J. Jackson for a territorial judgeship and recommending Mr. Roy for appointment as United States District Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Indiana Historical Society
Manuscript and Visual Collections

Indianapolis, IN
Papers: In the Benjamin Harrison Papers, 1853-1940, 3 boxes. Correspondents include Godlove Orth. A finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Henry Smith Lane Papers, 1788-1936, 11 boxes and 54 items. Correspondents include Godlove Orth. A finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Charles Lanman Papers, 1828-1869, 1 box. Includes biographical on Indiana congressmen including Godlove Orth.

Indiana State Library

Indianapolis, IN
Papers: In the Albert G. Porter Papers, 1874-1896, 6 volumes and 11 boxes. Correspondents include Godlove S. Orth.
Papers: In the Daniel D. Pratt Papers, 1862-1870, 1 folder. Correspondents include Godlove Orth.

University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the John Levering Recollections of the Civil War, 1861-1866, 2 items. Subjects covered include Godlove Orth.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Orth, Godlove Stein. "Faith, Hope and Charity." Lafayette, Ind.: Courier Steam Printing House, 1867.

------. Free-Masonry---Its Principles and Purposes. Lafayette, Ind.: S. Vater, 1871.

------. The people's money for the people. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1874.

------. Shall Sympathizers with Treason hold seats in Congress? Washington: Printed by L. Towers for the Union Congressional Committee, 1864.

Schauinger, Joseph Herman. "The Letters of Godlove S. Orth, Radical Republican." Indiana Magazine of History 40 (June 1944): 158-78.

------, ed. "The Letters of Godlove S. Orth, Hoosier American." Indiana Magazine of History 40 (March 1944): 51-66.

United States. Congress (47th, 2nd session : 1882-1883). Memorial addresses on the life and character of Godlove S. Orth (a Representative from Indiana), delivered in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, Forty-seventh Congress, second session. Published by order of Congress. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1883.

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