Philadelphia Political Boss. Member of the Pennsylvania State Senate. President of the Philadelphia Phillies.
obit in Sporting Life Magazine, Vol. 53, No. 17, July 3, 1909. Philadelphia, p. 1:
ISRAEL W. DURHAM,
President of the Philadelphia National League Club.
Died, June 28, 1909.
Within ten days after the death of President Dovey, of the Boston Club, of the National League, that organization is bereft just as suddenly and tragically of another member. At Atlantic City, afternoon of June 28, 1909. President Israel W. Durham, of the Philadelphia National League Club, died suddenly while seated at luncheon in his cottage. Without a word of warning Mr. Durham reeled in his chair and fell over. His sister, Mrs. Phillip H. Johnson, wife of the Philadelphia architect, was sitting beside him, and she caught her brother in her arms as he fell. He was unable to speak and died in a few moments. Senator Durham and his sister had returned just before luncheon from an automobile trip. Mrs. Johnson said over the long distance 'phone that the Senator had been cheerful throughout the trip, but when they reached the cottage he complained of shortness of breath. Mr. Durham, in conjunction with Messrs. McNichol and Wolf, purchased the Philadelphia Club last March and Mr. Durham was at once elected President, displacing William J. Shettsline. Strangely, since his ownership of the club Mr. Durham had not seen his team play a game, as just before the local championship series between the Phillies and Athletics he was prostrated by an attack of grip, which confined to his bed for weeks and enfeebled him so that he was compelled to go to Atlantic City for recuperation without seeing his team play, in which he took great pride and interest and with whose doings he kept in close touch even when confined to his sick bed. A comprehensive biographical sketch of the deceased appeared in "Sporting Life," issue of March 6, 1909.
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