Tuesday, September 16, 2008

George H. Durand Home and Law Office

I'm sure the long railed entryway is not original!
Note the wood-plank walk way in front. Simply wonderful!

This is a side and back view of the house.

This 1850's home office, originally located at 4224 Davison Rd. in Burton Twp., is named after the first president of the Genesee Bar Association, George Harman Durand, who was born in 1838 and died in 1903. Durand moved from New York to Oxford, Michigan in 1856 where he studied law. After he was admitted to the bar, he practiced law in Flint, Michigan, where he was also a member of the Board of Education in the 1860's.

Near the front door

He became mayor of Flint in 1873 and 1874.
In 1874, he was elected to Congress as a Democrat,serving from 1875 to 1877.
Afterward, Durand resumed his law practice and was appointed Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court in 1892. It was typical for lawyers to work out of a small office in their home in small towns.

Durand died in Flint and is interred in Glenwood Cemetery there.

This house was last lived in 1963.


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