John Marie Durst Photo

John Marie Durst

Born: Feb 4, 1797

Death: Feb 9, 1851

Birthplace: Arkansas Post National Memorial

Nationality: United States

John Marie Durst

Date of Birth : Feb 4, 1797
Date of Death : Feb 9, 1851
Birth Place : Arkansas Post National Memorial

John Marie Durst was an early settler who lived most of his life in Louisiana and Texas. He was a multi-linguist who learned the mercantile trade from his godfather Peter Samuel Davenport. Durst was a veteran of the Battle of New Orleans. He was a legislative representative under Coahuila y Tejas, during which he became involved in a land speculation controversy. Durst became a large land holder, due in part to an inheritance from Davenport. Because of a ride he made in 1835 to warn of Mexican troop movements, some have labeled him the Paul Revere of Texas. Durst was a Captain in the Republic of Texas militia under Major General Thomas J. Rusk. He was the founder of the community of Mount Sterling, Texas in Nacogdoches County..


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