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George Harman DURAND

(1838-1903)

DURAND, George Harman, a Representative from Michigan; born in Cobleskill, Schoharie County, N.Y., February 21, 1838; attended the common schools and Genesee Wesleyan Seminary at Lima, N.Y.; moved to Oxford, Oakland County, Mich., in 1856; taught school; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice at Flint, Genesee County, Mich., in 1858; member of the board of education; member of the board of aldermen 1862-1867; mayor of Flint in 1873 and 1874; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of his profession; appointed temporarily justice of the Michigan Supreme Court in 1892; president of the State board of law examiners for many years; appointed special assistant United States attorney in Chinese and opium smuggling cases in Oregon and served from 1893 to 1896; died in Flint, Mich., June 8, 1903; interment in Glenwood Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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