Orloff Mather Dorman, May 12, 1869-February 25, 1870; President, February 22-25, 1870

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Born January 7, 1809 in Wilbraham, Massachusetts.
Died June 16, 1879 in Norfolk, Virginia.

Appointed May 6, 1869 by the commander of the First Military District overseeing civilian government in Virginia during Reconstruction and took the qualifying oath on May 12, 1869. Service terminated by the restoration of civilian rule in Virginia on January 26, 1870 and the subsequent election of a new court. After President Horace Blois Burnham was removed by joint legislative resolution on February 22, 1870, Dorman served as court president for three days, from February 22-25, 1870.

Amherst College, B.A., 1831; M.A., 1847
Read law with Azon Taber in Albany, New York, 1831-1833, and Charles Downing in St. Augustine, Florida, 1834-1835

Other judicial service:
Judge, Norfolk Corporation Court, 1868-1869.

Professional career:
Teacher, Albany Female Academy, Albany, New York, 1831-1833.
Private practice of law in Jacksonville, Florida (1835-1840), St. Augustine, Florida (1840-1847), and Chicago, Illinois (1847-1853).
Botanist, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1853-1861.

Military service:
Second Seminole War
Civil War (Union)

Further reading

J. Jefferson Looney, Orloff Mather Dorman (1809-1879), Dictionary of Virginia Biography  (2016);  “Orloff Mather Dorman,” in Robert S. Fletcher and Robert O. Young, Amherst College Biographical Record: Centennial Edition, 1822-1921, retrieved on March 5, 2014.