GEORGE W. DURAND, an early settler of Benton County, is a native of Litchfield County, Conn., where he was born July 31, 1811. He is a son of Ebenezer Durand, a native of France, who came to this country when a small boy. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War; was a cooper by trade, which he followed for a number of years. His death occurred in Connecticut in January, 1826.
George W. Durand was the only son of his parents; he received his education in the common schools. He was married in Branch County, Mich., to Miss Susan A. Waterman, who was born in Washington County, Ohio, in 1819, and they became the parents of eleven children. In 1852 Mr. Durand came to this county and located in Cedar Township, on section 36, where he followed farming for some ten years, when he purchased the Eagle Mills, built by Scott & Webb, and was engaged in milling for some nineteen years, since which time he has been retired from active life. In early life our subject was a Democrat, but at the second election of Abraham Lincoln he cast his vote for him and affilliated with that party up to 1884, when he cast a mixed ticket, since which time he has been an Independent.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 336.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 18th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.