Biography of Rev. William Durant, D. D.
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

T-Saratoga Springs, New York Directories, 1888-92

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Durant, Rev. William, D. D., pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Saratoga Springs, was born in Albany, August 21, 1846, a son of William Clark and Ann Elizabeth (White) Durant. His father, a successful manufacturer of flour in Albany, N. Y., and Milwaukee, Wis., was a resident of Albany for many years and was known as a leading business man. The family is of old PurItan stock, tracing their descent from William Durant, who was in Boston, Mass., 1640, ruling elder of Puritan colony in Virginia, and, when exiled by Governor Berkley, led colony into Maryland and founded Providence, which is now Annapolis; he came from Cornwall, England; (2) George. (3) Edward, (4) Edward, (5) Edward, (6) Thomas, (7) Edward, (8) William C., and (9) William. Dr. Durant attended the Albany private schools and graduated from the Albany Academy in 1864; in the same year he entered Yale and received the degree A. B. in 1868. During the following year he made a Continental, Egyptian and Palestine trip and upon his return entered Princeton Theological Seminary, from which he was graduated in 1872. In December, 1873. he was ordained and installed as pastor of the Sixth Presbyterian church of Albany; he continued with this charge until 1882, when he became pastor of the First Presbyterian church of Morristown, N. J. In the spring of 1887 he accepted a call to the Boundary Avenue Presbyterian church at Baltimore, Md., where he remained until 1892, in which year he made an extended European tour and in February, 1893, was installed as pastor of the First Presbyterian church of saratoga Springs. In 1884 the degree of D. D. was conferred upon him by Union College. Dr. Durant has been a frequent contributor to the press and has also edited the writings of the late Dr. Charles Hodge of Princeton on "Church Polity" (Scribner, 1878), and a compilation of the "Records and Genealogies" of the First Presbyterian church of Morristown, N. J. He is a pulpit orator of ability and a man of liberal education. For his first wife Dr. Durant married in July, 1878, Elizabeth F. Stantial and they have one son, William Clark Duraut. In 1887 Dr. Durant married Lucy B. Stantial, sister of his first wife, and they have one daughter, Lois Pierson Durant.


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