Edward Henry Durell

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Edward Henry Durell
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Louisiana
In office
July 27, 1866 – December 4, 1874
Appointed byoperation of law
Preceded bySeat established by 14 Stat. 300
Succeeded byEdward Coke Billings
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
In office
May 20, 1863 – July 27, 1866
Appointed byAbraham Lincoln
Preceded byTheodore Howard McCaleb
Succeeded bySeat abolished
Personal details
Born
Edward Henry Durell

(1810-07-14)July 14, 1810
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
DiedMarch 29, 1887(1887-03-29) (aged 76)
Schoharie, New York
Resting placePine Hill Cemetery
Dover, New Hampshire
Political partyRepublican
EducationHarvard University
read law

Edward Henry Durell (July 14, 1810 – March 29, 1887) was the 25th Mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Louisiana and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Education and career[edit]

Born on July 14, 1810, in the Governor Wentworth House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire,[1][2] Durell attended Phillips Exeter Academy,[2] then graduated from Harvard University in 1831, and read law in 1834.[1] He was fluent in German, French and Spanish.[3] He entered private practice in Pittsburg, Mississippi and New Orleans, Louisiana from 1835 to 1854.[1] He was a member of the New Orleans City Council in 1854.[1] He resumed private practice in New Orleans.[1] He was President of the Bureau of Finance in New Orleans from 1862 to 1863.[1] He was the 25th Mayor of New Orleans in 1863.[1] Durell was a member of the Republican Party.[4]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Durell was nominated by President Lincoln to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on January 5, 1864. The Senate returned the nomination to the President on February 3, 1864.[1]

Durell received a recess appointment from President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1863, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana vacated by Judge Theodore Howard McCaleb.[1] He was nominated to the same position by President Lincoln on February 8, 1864.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 17, 1864, and received his commission the same day.[1] Durell was reassigned by operation of law to the United States District Court for the District of Louisiana on July 27, 1866, to a new seat authorized by 14 Stat. 300.[1] His service terminated on December 4, 1874, due to his resignation.[1]

Circumstances of his resignation[edit]

Durell resigned after the United States House Committee on the Judiciary voted to recommend to the full United States House of Representatives that he be impeached for misconduct.[4] Durell had been accused of irregularities in bankruptcy proceedings, corruption and drunkenness.[4][3]

Later career and death[edit]

Following his resignation from the federal bench, Durell returned to private practice in Newburgh and Schoharie, New York from 1875 to 1877.[1] He died on March 29, 1887, in Schoharie.[1] He was interred in Pine Hill Cemetery in Dover, New Hampshire.[3] He attempted to write a history of the South which was never completed.[3]

Personal[edit]

After moving to New York, Durell married a widow, Mary Seitz Gebhart.[3]

Books[edit]

In 1845, Durell's book, New Orleans as I Found It, was published under the pen name H. Didimus. The book deals with Durell's experience when arriving at New Orleans and how things are different from other places in the United States.[5] Published in 1867, Durell participated in the formation of Rules, Orders and Regulations in Bankruptcy : Adopted by the Hon. Edward H. Durell, Judge of the District Court of the United States, for the District of Louisiana, July 15, 1867. This book consists of 24 adopted rules that deal with bankruptcy.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Edward Henry Durell at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b Metcalf, Henry H. "Hon. Edward Henry Durell." The Granite Monthly New Hampshire Magazine: Devoted to Literature, History, and State Progress. 1888: 117–129. Print.
  3. ^ a b c d e "District Judge Edward Henry Durell." LAED US Courts. United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, n.d. Web. 4 April 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Why Judges Resign: Influences on Federal Judicial Service, 1789 to 1992 - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  5. ^ Durell, Edward H. New Orleans as I found it. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1845. Print.
  6. ^ Durell, Edward H, United States. Rules, orders and regulations in bankruptcy : adopted by the Hon. Edward H. Durell, Judge of the District Court of the United States, for the District of Louisiana, July 15, 1867. New Orleans: The Republican. 1867. Web.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James F. Miller
Mayor of New Orleans
1863–1863
Succeeded by
James F. Miller
Legal offices
Preceded by
Theodore Howard McCaleb
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
1863–1866
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
Seat established by 14 Stat. 300
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Louisiana
1866–1874
Succeeded by
Edward Coke Billings