George H. Durand

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George Harman Durand
15th Mayor of the City of Flint, Michigan
In office
Preceded byDavid Spencer Fox
Succeeded byAlexander McFarland[1][2]
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877
Preceded byJosiah W. Begole
Succeeded byMark S. Brewer
Personal details
BornFebruary 21, 1838 (1838-02-21)
Cobleskill, New York
DiedJune 8, 1903 (1903-06-09) (aged 65)
Political partyDemocrat[3]
RelationsLorenzo Thurston Durand, brother[3]
OccupationLawyer, Judge

George Harman Durand (February 21, 1838 – June 8, 1903) was a politician, jurist, and attorney from the U.S. state of Michigan.[3]


Durand was born in Cobleskill, New York.[3] He attended the common schools and Genesee Wesleyan Seminary at Lima, New York. Durand moved to Oxford, Michigan in 1856, where he taught school, studied law, and was admitted to the bar.


Durand commenced practice at Flint, Michigan in 1858, where he was also a member of the board of education and a member of the board of aldermen, from 1862 to 1867. He was the mayor of Flint in 1873 and 1874.[3]

In 1874, Durand was elected as a Democrat from Michigan's 6th congressional district to the 44th United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1875 to March 3, 1877.[3] In 1876, he lost in the general election[3] to Republican Mark S. Brewer.

Durand resumed his law practice. In 1892, he was one of Michigan's Presidential Electors.[3] He was appointed Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court in 1892, and was subsequently defeated for election to the court in 1893[3] by Frank A. Hooker. Durand was president of the State board of law examiners for many years and was appointed special assistant United States attorney in Chinese and opium smuggling cases in Oregon, serving from 1893 to 1896.

Death and legacy[edit]

Durand died in Flint and is interred in Glenwood Cemetery there.[3]

In 1876, the community of Durand, Michigan was named after him.[4]


  1. ^ Chapter XIII: Roster of City Officials. The History of Genesee County, MI.
  2. ^ List of Flint City Mayors. Political
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Index to Politicians: Dupper to Durgin -- Durand, George Harman Entry. Political
  4. ^ "Profile for Durand, Michigan, MI". ePodunk. Retrieved August 26, 2012.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Josiah W. Begole
United States Representative for the 6th Congressional District of Michigan
1875 – 1877
Succeeded by
Mark S. Brewer
Preceded by
David Spencer Fox
Mayor of Flint
Succeeded by
Alexander McFarland