Excerpt from Class of 1872, Rutgers College: History to 1917
ON of Peter Sharpe Duryee, manufacturer, banker, leader in. Civic life of Newark, N. J., for fifty years; and Susan Rankin. His father was elected a trustee of Rutgers College in 1857, his great-grandfather, Peter Sharp, in 1823 his great-grandfather, Abraham Duryee, in 1782, and his great uncle, John Duryee, in 1786. His mother's father, William Rankin, did more in his generation for the upbuilding of Newark than any other man. He was born at 40 Park Place, Newark, N. J July 22d, 1850. He prepared for college at Pin-gree School, Elizabeth, N. J., and Bett's Academy, Stanford, Conn., and at the age of fifteen passed the entrance examination for Yale College. Decided on a business career, secured a position in a manufacturing company and later was offered partnership, but then decided to enter Rutgers College in the Sophomore year. Zeta Psi, Junior orator, first editor of Rutgers Scarlet Let ter, and president of his class Senior year. Degrees received: Rutgers, ab. 1872, a.m. 1875; Columbia Law School, il: l.b. 1874. Studied in law office of mccarter Keen, Newark, and later was their managing clerk. Attorney at law, New Jersey, 1875. United States Supreme Court 1877. Member of State Assembly 1877 and 1880. Clerk in Chancery 1880-1886. United States District Attorney for New Jersey 1886-1890. Commissioner of Banking and Insurance 1891, till his death, 1896. Clubs: University, Union, Democratic and St. Nicholas, New York, Metropolitan, Washington, D. C.; Essex and Essex Country; N. J.; Philadelphia, P'hil.; Garrick, London. Avocations: Row ing, golf, traveling, collecting books and precious stones. Reformed Church. Democrat. Married October 20th, 1877, at Torresdale, Philadelphia, Pa., Vir ginia Beasley, daughter of Rev. Frederick Beasley, D, .D. Child, Virginia, lived one year. Mother died at her birth, 1879. Relatives among Rutgers: Alumni, brothers William Rankin Duryee, 1856; John L., 1864; Joseph R., 1874; Edward H., 1876. Wrote the editorial for the first number of the Scarlet Letter. Many reports as Clerk in Chancery, United States Attorney and Commissioner of Banking. He'held with honor every position to which elected or' appointed, wa-s executor and trustee of many estates, several years chair man of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, friend and adviser of President Cleveland and' of five Governors of New Jersey. High tribute was paid him at his death as a distinguished lawyer, citizen and friend.
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