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Street Smarts: G. Oury was delegate to Confederacy, US Congress

2013-07-30T00:00:00Z 2013-09-03T09:44:07Z Street Smarts: G. Oury was delegate to Confederacy, US CongressDavid Leighton For The Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Editors' note: This is the second of a two-part series. Last week Street Smarts profiled William Oury, Granville's brother.

Granville H. Oury, who was called Grant, was born on March 25, 1825, in Abingdon, Va.

In 1833, his family - including his brother, William S. Oury, who had been born in 1817, moved to Pike County, Mo. There, Grant studied law and in 1848 was admitted to the bar.

The following year he joined many others seeking their fortune in California, but he made his fortune not panning for gold but practicing law. In 1856 he moved from Los Angeles to Tucson, where his brother, William, was living, and from 1856 to 1861 he held several public positions, including judge.

On March 18, 1861, with Tucson's population at about 600 and the Civil War imminent, 68 influential Tucsonans met and voted to side with the South. Grant Oury was chosen as their delegate to the Confederate Congress.

John Baylor, with the approval of the Confederate Congress, established the Confederate Territory of Arizona, appointing himself military governor. Rebel Capt. Sherod Hunter would arrive on Feb. 28, 1862, with a cavalry force of about 75 men (some sources say it was as high as 200), but the Confederate flag would fly for only a short time over Tucson. By May 1862, facing Col. Carleton's 2,000-man California Column, Hunter left Tucson.

Oury left Tucson also and served under Gen. Henry H. Sibley in the Louisiana campaign.

In 1863 he resigned and headed to San Antonio to marry Mina Sanders. The following year his brother, William, became mayor of Union-controlled Tucson. At the end of the Civil War, Grant went to Mexico with his wife, but within only a few months he returned and was forced to take an oath of allegiance to the United States.

In 1866 he won election to the Arizona Legislature and on occasion acted as speaker of the assembly. He was a strong supporter of education. Also on two occasions he was a delegate to the U.S. Congress. After his time in politics, he went to Florence, where he continued to practice law until his death in 1891.

Oury got a street named after him when Thomas Hughes Sr. bought land in 1902 and called the neighborhood McKinley Park - it is now Barrio Anita. Hughes named the streets after his friends and family.

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If you have streets to suggest or stories to share, contact David Leighton at streetsmarts@azstarnet.com

Sources: Dan Thrapp, "Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography," Arthur H. Clark Co., 1988; C.L. Sonnichsen, "Tucson: The Life and Times of an American City," University of Oklahoma Press, 1982; information regarding Capt. Hunter's visit to Tucson: www.asu.edu/lib/ archives/azbio/bios/HUNTERS.PDF; information on John Baylor: www.tshaonline. org/handbook/online/articles/fbaat; Regina Kelly, "Visions of Barrio Anita," Tucson Pima Arts Council, 1998 "Manly Sentiments," Arizona Daily Star, Oct. 14, 1880.

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