Biography of Elliott Durand
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DURAND, ELLIOTT. - Born at Colchester, Chittenden county, Vt., Jan. 10, 1847, and is the son of Moses Durand, and Charlotte Hamilton Bartlett. His father was French, and his mother of American birth, English descent. His maternal grandfather, Alfred Bartlett, was a soldier in the war of 1812, and his great grandfather, Elisha Bartlett, participated in the revolution. Rehecca Westerman Bartlett, his wife heard the guns at the battle of Bunker Hill, in which her husband was engaged, and after his death drew a pension from the government. His paternal grandfather was a soldier in the army of Napoleon Bonaparte. His father came from France to this country some time in the forties, and settled in Massachusetts, and his mother's ancestors came to Massachusetts from England some time during the latter part of the seventeenth century. Elliott Durand had only the advantages of a common school education. After the war he came to Aurora, Ill., where he attended high school and took a course in a business college. His parents died when he was quite young, leaving him to the care of his uncle, A. W. Bartlett. He lived with this relative on a farm in Illinois until fourteen years of age, when he ran away from home and enlisted in the Union army in the early part of 1864. He served about a year and a half, being a drummer boy and private, part of the time in the 132d and the rest in the 156th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He enlisted under the name of Elliott Dandurand, the original name of the family in France. He was mustered out of the service Sept. 8, 1865, and after going to school and clerking in a grocery and crockery store for a time, learned the printers trade in the office of the Aurora Herald, He came to Chicago in 1869 and did not know a soul in the city. He soon obtained work, and in connection with the press of this city has been a compositor, proof reader and reporter on both the Times and the Tribune, continuing that profession until he formed a connection with the Heath & Milligan Mfg. Company, of which he is now vice-president, He is not a professor of religion, but is rather inclined toward the Episcopalian faith, and in politics has always been a republican. He is a Mason, member of Hesperia Lodge; is a member of the G. A. R. and the Chicago Athletic Association, president of the Park Club and member of the Press Club, of Chicago; of the Wawasee Club, of Cedar Beach, Ind., and numerous other organizations. He was a charter member of the First Regiment Infantry, I. N. G, and served in the ranks as private and non-commissioned officer for nearly five years; was promoted to the rank of captain and commissary on the staff of Brigadier General Torrence. He afterward became major and inspector general. He resigned with General Torrence, but was re-appointed to the same position on the staff of General Fitzsimmons, with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Here he served about seven years, when he resigned, and was elected major of the First Infantry, which position he still holds. Some three or four years ago he and his wife made a trip to Cuba, and on his return he wrote a little book, entitled "A Week in Cuba." Mr. Dunand was married June 10, 1880, to Miss Helen Heath, daughter of ex-Mayor Monroe Heath, of Chicago. He has three children, Myrtle, Elliott and Eugene.


FROM:
The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
The Standard Guide Company
Chicago 1893

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