Albert S. Porter

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Albert S. Porter (November 4, 1904 – January 7, 1979) was an American politician from Ohio.

Early life[edit]

Porter was born in Portsmouth, Virginia to Albert S. and Lena Edmonds Porter. He moved with his family to Lakewood in 1913, graduated from Lakewood High School in 1922 and from Ohio State University with his B.S. in civil engineering in 1928.

In 1929 he joined the Cleveland Highway Research Bureau, becoming chief assistant to county engineer John O. McWilliams in 1933 and served until 1943, when he succeeded him. He also served five years in United States Navy during World War II.

Political career[edit]

He was a Cuyahoga County engineer for 29 years (since 1943, defeated for reelection in 1976) and county Democratic party chairman for 6 years (1963–1969), as well as delegate for the 1952, 1964 and 1972 Democratic National Conventions.[1] During his tenure as county engineer much of the freeway system linking Cleveland to its suburbs was built.

Porter unsuccessfully sought the 1958 Democratic nominee for Governor of Ohio, losing decisively to DiSalle.[2] He is perhaps best remembered as an Ohio favorite-son candidate in both 1960 and 1964 Democratic presidential primaries. In 1960 he lost the Ohio primary to Governor Michael DiSalle, carrying 39.75% to DiSalle's 60.25.[3] This placed him 8th in nationwide popular vote (3.52%)[4] Four years later he was unopposed and carried the Ohio primary with 100%.[5] and placed 6th nationwide (7.94%)[6] As with other favorite sons this fall, he supported the reelection of President Lyndon B. Johnson.

As a result of a grand jury investigation in 1977, he pleaded guilty to 19 counts of theft in office, was fined $10,000, and was placed on probation for 2 years.

Personal life[edit]

Porter married Genevieve Shaveyco in 1949. They had two sons (Lee and Alan) and one daughter (Carol).

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