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Perret Dufour


Perret Dufour, of Vevay, one of the most noteworthy pioneers of this locality, was born August 21, 1807, in Jessamine County, Ky., and in March, 1809 came to Vevay with his father John F. Dufour and the family. During his life, which from childhood was spent in Vevay, he was one of the useful citizens of the town and county. He took a prominent part in public affairs and was a man of quick perception and superior judgment. He occupied many positions of trust and honor, which he always filled with credit, to himself and satisfaction to his constituents. In 1842 he was elected to the State Legislature; filled the office of Postmaster eight years, and, in all, was justice of the peace for over twenty years. For many years he was engaged in merchandising in Vevay. He was a ruling elder of the Presbyterian Church and his faith was well exemplified in his outward life. He died at his residence in Vevay, January 5, 1884. In 1830 he married Eliza M. Clarkson, daughter of Abner Clarkson, and she still survives. Mr. Dufour was a man of extraordinary memory and marked intelligence, and in 1876 prepared a series of articles on the history of this county which were published in the Vevay 'Reveille,' and which were freely used in the compilation of this volume. His memory will long be revered among the people of the community in which he moved.