George S. Duryee

George S. Duryee, Delta, 1872, Phi Alpha 1885-1886

George Sharpe Duryee, Delta, 1872, was a prominent attorney and public official in New Jersey. Brother Duryee was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1875. He practiced with McCarter and Keene, was an alderman for Newark’s fourth ward and served as a member of the New Jersey assembly from 1877-1881.

In 1881, Governor Ludlow appointed him clerk at the Court of Chancery for New Jersey, a role
he held until 1886. In 1888, President Grover Cleveland appointed Brother Duryee to
serve as the United States attorney for the district of New Jersey, a role he served until
his resignation in 1890. He then was appointed the state commissioner of insurance
and banking under Governors Abbett and Werts. He held that position until his death in

Brother Duryee was one of twelve members of his family who were members of the
Fraternity, the great majority of which were members of the Delta chapter at Rutgers
University. Brother Duryee demonstrated a life-long commitment to the Delta chapter
and Zeta Psi.