Was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, February 22, 1806, and in 1815, when nine years of age, accompanied his father's family to Ohio, making a home in Orange Township, in the present county of Ashland. In his boyhood he was an adept in the sports of the day, jumping, wrestling, running foot races, ect., in which he was able to hold his own with the best. His father was a great deer and bear hunter, and he generally accompanied him to assist in bringing in the trophies of the chase. In these expeditions he learned the intricate details of woodcraft, and became as expert with the rifle in securing game as his father.
When a young man he learned the trade of millwright, which called him some distance from his home. He also worked at the carpenter trade for more than twenty years, at that time very hard work, as mechanics were obliged to go into the woods, cut suitable trees, juggle, score and hew down the timber to a proper size, after which it was hauled by ox teams to the place designed for the building, where it was mortised and framed. Very many of these strongly framed houses and barns are now standing where they were built fifty or sixty years ago, and bid fair to remain another half century. Colonel Urie possessed strong military tastes, and with his commanding figure and erect bearing was a prominent character at drill and general muster. Under the old State militia law he passed through the various grades from Captain to Colonel of a regiment of independent rifles. At the breaking out of the war with Mexico he still commanded this regiment, and made all his arrangements to accompany his comrades in support of the honor of the American flag, but having recently recovered from a severe attack of sickness, he was advised by his physician that if he followed his inclination in the matter it would very likely prove fatal to him. He therefore reluctantly decided to remain at home, and leave the honors that might be won to other officers of the regiment.
In the fall of 1845 he was elected treasurer of Richland County, and upon the erection of Ashland County in 1846, he resigned, and was elected the first treasurer of the new county, which office he held two terms. In 1851 he was seized with a desire to seek a fortune among the gold mines of California, and entered the "golden gate" by way of the Isthmus of Panama. He remained in California but one year, and finding his golden dreams contained more dross than pure metal, he returned. In 1853 he was elected a member of the State board of equalization from the district composed of Ashland and Richland counties. In 1857 he was appointed deputy United Stases Marshal for the northern district of Ohio, and aided in taking the census of 1860. He was elected recorder of Ashland, county in 1865, and held the office until 1874, when he was elected mayor of Ashland, which office he held two years. Colonel Urie has been a resident of Ashland many years. As is evinced by the numerous places of trust he has filled, he has the confidence of the people of the county in which he lives. He was twice married, and by his first wife raised a family of four daughters, Mrs. Mary J. Porter, Mrs. Alice A. Beer, Mrs. Libbie H. Anderson, and Mrs. Sadie A. Beer. A son died young. Mrs. Porter died in September 1875.