Edwin Russell Durno

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Edwin Russell Durno
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1963
Preceded by Charles O. Porter
Succeeded by Robert B. Duncan
Personal details
Born January 26, 1899
Linn County, Oregon
Died November 20, 1976(1976-11-20) (aged 77)
Medford, Oregon
Political party Republican
Occupation physician

Edwin Russell Durno (January 26, 1899 – November 20, 1976) was a physician, politician, an infantry sergeant who was awarded a Purple Heart, and a basketball player recognized in the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.

He was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Oregon's 4th congressional district from 1961 to 1963.

Early life and basketball career[edit]

Durno was born on a farm in Linn County, Oregon, near Albany.[1] He attended public schools in Silverton and attended the University of Oregon, where he starred on the Ducks' basketball team.[2] Durno was the school's first basketball All-American and was a three-time All-Pacific Coast Conference selection. A prolific scorer, Durno led the Ducks to the 1919 conference title and was team captain during his senior year of 1921.[2] He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1981,[3] and the University of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.[2]

Durno graduated from Oregon with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1921 and went on to receive M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1927, setting up a medical practice in Boston.[1]

Military and medical career[edit]

Durno served in both World War I (as an infantry sergeant) and World War II (in the Medical Corps) where he was awarded the Purple Heart for his service.[1] Durno returned to Oregon after World War II where he practiced medicine in Medford and served on the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners from 1947 to 1958.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 1958, he was elected to the Oregon State Senate, and in 1960, was elected to the United States House of Representatives,[1] unseating liberal Democrat Charles O. Porter. Doubtful of reelection in a politically marginal district, he did not seek reelection to the House in 1962, instead seeking the Republican nomination for Wayne Morse's seat in Oregon's 1962 U. S. Senate election.[1] Durno lost the nomination to Sig Unander and returned to his medical practice in Medford. Durno died in 1976.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress". U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ed Durno". GoDucks.com. Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  3. ^ "Hall of Fame Roll of Honor Members". Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 15, 2011. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles O. Porter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oregon's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert B. Duncan