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Lieut George Freeland Durant
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Birth: Mar. 26, 1842
Jersey City
Hudson County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Oct. 31, 1909
Boulder
Boulder County
Colorado, USA

Civil War Union Army Soldier. He was first mustered in as a Corporal in Company F, 2nd New Jersey Militia on May 1, 1861, and served until his discharge on July 31, 1861.

He was then mustered in as Regimental Drum Major of the 11th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry on August 21, 1862, and served until he was discharged at Camp near Falmouth, Virginia on April 18, 1863 (as per Special Order No. 58, Headquarters, III Army Corps, Army of the Potomac).

During the Gettysburg Campaign he enlisted in the 7th New York Militia, a 30-day enlistment unit. He served from June 16 to July 21, 1863.

On September 8, 1863 he was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in Battery F, 1st New Jersey Volunteer Light Artillery (Captain Zenas C. Warren, commanding), serving until he resigned on February 6, 1864.

On August 10, 1910 his wife, Annie M. Durant, filed for a United States Army Pension (Application #948019, Certificate #711738).

Obituary, Kansas City (MO) Star, November 1, 1909 -

"A BELL MANAGER DEAD
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George F. Durant Installed the First Telephone Exchange in St. Louis

St. Louis, Oct. 31 - George F. Durant, general manager of the Bell Telephone Company of Missouri, died suddenly at the Boulder, Colo sanitarium this afternoon of heart disease. Durant's death came as an indirect result of sunstroke in this city on August 20.

George Freeland Durant was born in Jersey City, N.J., March 26, 1842. He was a telegrapher on the Union side in the Civil War. He became superintendent of fire alarm telegraph at Jersey City, and came to St. Louis in 1874. A year later he installed the district telegraph, and in 1878 installed the first telephone exchange in St. Louis. Since then he had been in charge of the business of the Bell Telephone Company in Missouri, which he founded and installed and in which he was also a director". 
 
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Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Oct 07, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42801975
 

I live in a home once occupied by George Durant in St. Louis. Any additional info regarding him or family appreciated.
- mike boyd
 Added: Mar. 24, 2011
 
 
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