Ossian Ray

Ossian Ray (December 13, 1835 – January 28, 1892) was a United States Representative from New Hampshire.

Ossian Ray
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 3rd district
In office
January 8, 1881 – March 3, 1883
Preceded byEvarts Worcester Farr
Succeeded byDistrict eliminated
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Preceded byJames F. Briggs
Succeeded byJacob H. Gallinger
Member of the
New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornDecember 13, 1835
Hinesburg, Vermont
DiedJanuary 28, 1892 (aged 56)
Lancaster, New Hampshire
Resting placeSummer Street Cemetery
Political partyRepublican

Early yearsEdit

Ray was born in Hinesburg, Vermont and his family moved to Irasburg, Vermont when he was young. He attended the public schools and an academy in nearby Derby. He studied law in Irasburg and in Lancaster, New Hampshire, where he moved in 1854. Mr. Ray was admitted to the bar in 1857 and practiced in Essex and Coos counties.


Ray was the solicitor for Coos County, New Hampshire from 1862 to 1872. He twice served as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1868 and, again, in 1869. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1872. For a short time, from February 22, 1879, until he resigned effective on December 23, 1880, Ray was the United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire. He was elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Evarts W. Farr and was re-elected to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses, serving from January 8, 1881, to March 3, 1885. Ray did not seek renomination in 1884.


Ossian Ray died in Lancaster, New Hampshire in 1892 and was buried in the Summer Street Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Ossian Ray (id: R000079)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Evarts Worcester Farr
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 3rd congressional district

January 8, 1881 – March 3, 1883
Succeeded by
District eliminated
Preceded by
James F. Briggs
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1883 – March 4, 1885
Succeeded by
Jacob H. Gallinger