George R. Durgan

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George R. Durgan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935
Preceded byArthur H. Greenwood
Succeeded byCharles A. Halleck*
19th Mayor of Lafayette, Indiana
In office
1904 – 1925 (except 1914–1916)
Preceded byRichard B. Sample[1]
Personal details
Born(1872-01-20)January 20, 1872
Westpoint, Indiana, U.S.
DiedJanuary 13, 1942(1942-01-13) (aged 69)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Resting placeSpringvale Cemetery, Lafayette, Indiana
Political partyDemocratic

George Richard Durgan (January 20, 1872 – January 13, 1942) was an American politician who served one term as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1933 to 1935.


Born in Westpoint, Indiana, Durgan attended the village school there.

Early career

He moved to Lafayette, Indiana, in 1892 and was employed as a clerk and later as a traveling salesman. He engaged in mercantile pursuits.

He served as mayor of Lafayette from 1904 to 1913 and again from 1917 to 1925 and was delegate to the 1912 Democratic National Convention.

During his time as mayor, Durgan was an outspoken opponent of the Ku Klux Klan. He attempted to run for Governor of Indiana in 1924; his campaign announcement in Indianapolis was disrupted by hundreds of Klansmen, "nearly starting a riot."[2]

Durgan was passed over for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in favor of Carleton B. McCulloch, who lost the election to Republican Edward L. Jackson, who had the support of the Indiana Klan.[3]


Durgan was elected as a Democrat to the 73rd Congress (March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1934 to the 74th Congress.

Later career and death

He resumed mercantile pursuits. He was appointed to the Indiana Public Service Commission in 1941 and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana. He died in Indianapolis on January 13, 1942, and was interred in Springvale Cemetery in Lafayette.


The former Durgan elementary school in the Lafayette School Corporation was named in his honor.


  • United States Congress. "George R. Durgan (id: D000570)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  1. ^ DeHart, Richard Patten (1909). Past and present of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, Volume 1. B.F. Bowen & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana. p. 421. Retrieved December 26, 2010.
  2. ^ Moore, Leonard J. (1991). Citizen Klansmen: The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, from 1921 to 1928. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina. p. 24.
  3. ^ Madison, James H. (2020). The Ku Klux Klan in the Heartland. Bloomington: Indiana University. p. 119.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by