Durant, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1817-1882

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Resident of New Orleans and Washington, D.C.; attorney and Louisiana state senator.

From the description of Thomas Jefferson Durant papers, 1862-1881 (bulk 1870-1879). (New York University). WorldCat record id: 58781793

Lawyer, politician; New Orleans, Louisiana and Washington, D.C.

From the description of Letterpress copies, 1844-1865 (bulk 1844-1847, 1860-1865). (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58663758

Thomas Jefferson Durant was a lawyer and Louisiana state senator, and one of the few prominent Southerners who supported the Union during the Civil War. After the war he practiced in Washington D.C.

From the description of Letters to Thomas J. Durant, 1869-1879. (New-York Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 708221468

Thomas Jefferson Durant was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 8, 1817, the son of John Waldo Durant and Sarah Heyliger. Around 1831, Durant moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he was a lawyer, a prominent supporter of the Democratic Party, a district attorney, and a state senator. He briefly served in the Confederate Army until the Union capture of New Orleans, though he supported the Union cause; he initially worked with Benjamin Butler and Nathaniel Banks to establish a loyal Louisiana government, serving as attorney general. He resigned around early 1864, expressing his opposition to the military government. In 1866, Durant moved to Washington, D.C., where he continued his legal career, often arguing in front of the United States Supreme Court. In 1867, he declined an offer of the governorship of Louisiana. Thomas J. Durant died on February 3, 1882.

Charles West Hornor was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1813, the son of Joseph Potts Hornor and Jane West. He later lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he founded a legal firm with Thomas J. Durant. From 1848-1850, Hornor remained in Louisiana while Durant lived in Washington, D.C. After the Civil War, Hornor returned to Philadelphia and then moved to Washington, D.C., where he and Durant reestablished their partnership. Charles W. Hornor died in Philadelphia on July 8, 1905.

From the guide to the Durant-Hornor correspondence, 1848-1850, (William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan)

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referencedIn Warmoth, Henry Clay, 1842-1931. Henry Clay Warmoth papers, 1798-1953. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Civil War Collection, Bulk, 1861-1864, 1838-1880 © 2011 New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Durant, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1817-1882. Letter : New Orleans, to Badger and Carlisle, Washington, D.C., 1856 Apr. 13. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Cushing, Caleb, 1800-1879. Autograph letter signed : Washington, to T.J. Durant, 1871 Aug. 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. Letter signed : Washington, to Thomas J. Durant, 1870 Oct. 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Durant, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1817-1882. Letter : Washington, D.C., to J. M. Carlile, West Sulphur [Springs], W.V., 1872 Aug. 21. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. 1793 - 1999. Record Of Applications Under The Act Of 1896. 1896 - 1897. 1896 Citizenship Application for Thomas Jefferson Durant
creatorOf Durant, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1817-1882. Letterpress copies, 1844-1865 (bulk 1844-1847, 1860-1865). New-York Historical Society
referencedIn J. T. (John Townsend) Trowbridge papers, 1855-1939. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Durant, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1817-1882. Letters to Thomas J. Durant, 1869-1879. New-York Historical Society Library
referencedIn Flanders, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1816-1896. Benjamin F. Flanders papers, 1827-1889 (bulk 1864-1875). Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Durant, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1817-1882. Thomas Jefferson Durant papers, 1862-1881 (bulk 1870-1879). Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Sheridan, Philip Henry, 1831-1888. Telegram signed : New Orleans, to Thomas J. Durant, in Washington, 1867 June 03. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Durant-Hornor correspondence, 1848-1850 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Cushing, Caleb, 1800-1879. Autograph letter signed : Newburyport, Mass., to Thomas J. Durant, 1877 Nov. 17. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Wendell Phillips papers, 1555-1882 (inclusive) 1833-1881 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
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associatedWith Ames, Henry O. person
associatedWith Bowen, James, Gen. person
associatedWith Boyle, Ed. R. person
associatedWith Bradbury, Bion, 1811-1887. person
associatedWith Brisbane, Robert, of New York City. person
associatedWith Brito, Jose Vicente person
associatedWith Carlile, J. M., fl. 1872 person
associatedWith Cushing, Caleb, 1800-1879. person
associatedWith Da Ponte, Cornelia E. person
associatedWith Durant & Hornor. corporateBody
associatedWith Farragut, David Glasgow, 1801-1870 person
associatedWith Fish, Hamilton, 1808-1893. person
associatedWith Flanders, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1816-1896. person
associatedWith Grant, Albert. person
associatedWith Hornor, Charles W. person
associatedWith Hornor, Charles West, 1813-1905 person
associatedWith Leray, H. M. person
associatedWith Louisiana. Attorney General. corporateBody
associatedWith Louisiana. Commissioner of Registration. corporateBody
associatedWith Lynch, John C., b. 1851. person
associatedWith McAdoo, J. D. person
associatedWith McCombs, W. person
associatedWith Mixed Commission on British and American Claims. corporateBody
associatedWith Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877. person
correspondedWith Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884 person
associatedWith Robinson, J. H. person
associatedWith Shepley, George Foster, 1819-1878. person
associatedWith Sheridan, Philip Henry, 1831-1888. person
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Tromp, Alexander. person
correspondedWith Trowbridge, J. T. (John Townsend), 1827-1916 person
associatedWith Walker, Joseph Marshall, 1786-1856. person
associatedWith Warmoth, Henry Clay, 1842-1931. person
associatedWith Wilkins, John D. person
associatedWith Zackos, J. C. person
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United States
Louisiana
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Washington (D.C.)
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Louisiana--New Orleans
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Death 1882

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