Israel Wilson Durham
Born in Philadelphia, October 24, 1855, Israel “Izzy” Durham was the son of popular flour dealer Thomas Durham and his wife Jane; educated in public schools; briefly ventured into the cloth business at J. B. Ellison & Co.; apprenticed to Silas Emory, brick-layer for two years; and later joined his father's business as a buyer and salesman. He entered politics in 1885, was nominated for Police Magistrate; was a Member of Pennsylvania state Senate, 1897-1898, filling a vacancy left by Boies Penrose after the latter’s election to the U.S. Senate; selected Insurance Commissioner under Governor Stone, 1899-1802; reelected to the Senate in 1908; delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania in 1900, 1904, and 1908. He died on June 28, 1909.