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DURFEE, Bradford Matthew Chaloner, merchant, born in Fall River, Massachusetts, 15 June 1843; died there, 13 September 1872. His father died shortly after the boy's birth, leaving him a large fortune. He entered Yale, but failing health compelled him to leave College during his sophomore year, and he visited Europe in 1865, spending two and a half years in travel. On his return he assumed the management of his affairs, but his health compelled him to be largely on the sea, and he became an ardent yachtsman. For several years he made long cruises on his yacht "Josephine," visiting various countries on the Atlantic ocean. Durfee hall, one of the finest College dormitories in the United States, was his gift to Yale, which honored him with the degree of A. M. in 1871.
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