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 Thomas Jefferson Durant

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Thomas Jefferson Durant

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 3 Feb 1882 (aged 64)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Plot Van Ness, Lot 283 East.
Memorial ID 58681176 View Source
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He was the son of John Waldo Durant and Sarah Heyliger Durant.

Appleton's Encyclopedia
Thomas Jefferson Durant
Durant, Thomas Jefferson, lawyer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 8, 1817; died in Washington, D.C., February 4, 1882. He removed to New Orleans at the age of seventeen and was appointed a clerk in the Post Office there. After studying law he was admitted to the bar and became prominent in his profession. He was elected state senator, afterward appointed United States District Attorney for Louisiana and then became Attorney General of the state. He was a Union man during the Civil War and a recognized leader of those who supported the national government. When Farragut captured New Orleans in 1862 the Office of Governor was tendered to Mr. Durant, but he declined it on the ground that he could not be governor and at the same time be subordinate to military authority. In 1865 he left New Orleans and settled in Washington, where he soon took high rank as a lawyer. He practiced before the Supreme Court, and at the time of his death was counsel for the United States before the Spanish and American claims commission.


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