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DUROCHER, Laurent, lawyer, born in the Mission of St. Genevieve, Missouri, in 1786 ; died in Monroe, Michigan, 21 September 1861. His father was a French-Canadian. Laurent was educated in Montreal, and settled at Frenchtown, on the River Raisin, in 1805. At the beginning of the war of 1812 he joined General Hull's army, and rendered important services to the government after his surrender. He was clerk of Monroe County from its organization in 1818 till about 1838, for six years was in the territorial council, and in 1835 a member of the convention that framed the first constitution of Michigan. He also served in the state legislature, and was justice of the peace and probate judge at Monroe. He was the great legal authority among the French population on the River Raisin.
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