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ORME, William Ward, soldier, born in Washington, D. C., 17 February, 1832; died in Bloomington, Illinois, 13 September, 1866. He was educated at Mount St. Mary's college, Emmettsburg, Maryland, removed to Illinois, and settled in the practice of law in Bloomington. He was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1860, raised the 94th Illinois regiment at the beginning of the civil war, was appointed its colonel, and became brigadier-general of volunteers, 29 November, 1862. Failure of health soon compelled his retirement, and he was subsequently supervising agent in the United States treasury.
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