1816 Brown & Ives - Restored Rate Cover
Job Durfee was born on
September 20, 1790 in Tiverton, Rhode
Island to Thomas and Mary Lowden Durfee.
He was a fourth generation descendent of
Thomas Durfee, (born
1643) who emigrated to the
colonies in 1660 and settled in Portsmouth,
RI. Job's father was Chief Justice
of the Court of Common Pleas in Newport.
Job married Judith Borden,
(born June 14, 1796 in Fall River,
MA) on November 16,
1820 and they had seven children; Lucy D.,
Amy Borden, Thomas, Mary D., Simeon Borden, Sarah Ann, and Julia
Job received his primary education at
home and in the public schools. He entered Brown
University in 1890, graduating in
1813 with honors and began studying law
under his father's tutelage. Job's political leanings were
Jeffersonian-Republican and in 1816 he
was elected to the Rhode Island General Assembly.
He was called to the Bar in 1817. In 1820,
Job Durfee was elected to the United States House of
Representatives and held that office until 1825.
In 1826 he was reelected to the State
Legislature and held the position of Speaker of
the House until 1829.
Job published a poem in
1832 entitled "What Cheer - Roger Williams
in Banishment," which was not favorably received at
home, although it received considerable praise in England. He
was appointed to the bench as an Associate Justice
of the Rhode Island Supreme Court in 1833;
becoming the Chief Justice in 1835,
which office he held until his death in 1847.
Chief Justice Durfee's strong stand
against the Dorr Rebellion and his early
declaration that the movement was "illegal, without law
and against law" and his later charge to the Grand Jury
on the subject of treason, helped crystallize public opinion
against the rebellion. Judge Durfee presided at
the trial of Thomas Door, in which Door was
sentenced to life imprisonment,
(reduced to 1 year).
I found one additional item of interest
which ties into my Hazard family Correspondence.
Roland G. Hazard
delivered a discourse to the Rhode Island Historical
Society on January 18, 1848 entitled,
"The Character and Writings
of Chief Justice Durfee."
SEE: The Hazard Family Letters
Chief Justice Job Durfee
died July 26, 1847 in Tiverton,
COMPLETE TEXT OF THE LETTER: