Degrand was born in Marseilles, France, and moved to Boston around 1803. He was involved with the Boston Stock Exchange and the railroad; and published the Boston Weekly Report in the 1820s, employing Edgar Allan Poe as a reporter. Degrand lived on Pinckney Street in Beacon Hill. Friends included John Quincy Adams. He died on December 23, 1855 and was buried in Forest Hills Cemetery. Degrand bequeathed $120,000 to charity, a large part of which was for the acquisition of French-language scientific texts for Harvard University.
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- Clarence W. Barron (1893), The Boston Stock Exchange, Boston: Hunt & Bell, OCLC 4355517
- Edward C. Kirkland. "The 'Railroad Scheme' of Massachusetts." Journal of Economic History, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Nov., 1945)
- Library of Congress. Boston Weekly Report.
- Edgar Allan Poe (1969), Collected works of Edgar Allan Poe, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, ISBN 0-674-13935-6, 0674139356
- House at no.105 Pinckney Street; offices kept successively on Broad St., State St., and Congress St. Boston Directory. 1823, 1832, 1848, 1851.
- Adams, Henry (1918), The education of Henry Adams, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, OCLC 421061
- "Deaths." New England Historical and Genealogical Register, v.10, no.2, April 1856
- PPF Degrand's Boston Weekly Report of Public Sales and of Arrivals. Boston: 1819-1828
- Proceedings of the Friends of a national bank, at their public meeting, held in Boston, fifteenth July, 1841: Including an address to the people of the U. States: showing that, to give healthful action, to the vital functions of the constitution of the United States, a national bank (not a government), invested with the powers herein described, is indispensably necessary. Boston: Dutton and Wentworth, 1841
- Proceedings of the friends of a rail-road to San Francisco at their public meeting, held at the U.S. Hotel, in Boston, April 19, 1849. Including an address to the people of the U. States; showing that, P.P.F. Degrand's plan is the only one, as yet proposed, which will secure promptly and certainly, and by a single act of legislation, the construction of a railroad to California, in the shortest time allowed by its physical obstacles. (3rd ed.), Boston: Dutton and Wentworth, 1849
- Historical memoir of the Western railroad, Springfield, Mass: S. Bowles & company, printers, 1863, OCLC 1060210
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