Durant, Thomas Clark
- Lloyd J. Mercer
Durant, Thomas Clark (06 February 1820–05 October 1885), railroad official, was born at Lee, Massachusetts. His parents’ names cannot be ascertained. He graduated from Albany Medical College in 1840 and served for two years as assistant professor of medicine at that institution. Medicine offered less prestige and profit than it does today, so at age twenty-three Durant became a partner in charge of the New York office of his uncle’s firm, Durant, Lathrop & Company, which exported flour and grain. Becoming a specialist in the prairie wheat trade, he recognized the nation’s need for better inland transportation. In 1847 Durant married Heloise Hannah Timbrel. The couple had two children....