Alexander Porter

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Alexander Porter
United States Senator
from Louisiana
In office
December 19, 1833 – January 5, 1837
Preceded by Josiah S. Johnston
Succeeded by Alexandre Mouton
Personal details
Born (1785-06-24)June 24, 1785
County Donegal, Ireland
Died January 13, 1844(1844-01-13) (aged 58)
Attakapas, Louisiana, U.S.
Political party Whig
Alma mater Clemenceau College
Profession Politician, Lawyer, Judge, Farmer

Alexander Porter (June 24, 1785 – January 13, 1844) was a United States Senator from Louisiana.


Early life[edit]

Born in County Donegal, Ireland, he immigrated to the United States in 1801 with an uncle, who settled in Nashville, Tennessee. He received a limited schooling, attended the now-defunct Clemenceau College, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1807.


In 1807, he commenced practice in the Attakapas region of the Territory of Orleans. He was a delegate to the convention which framed the first Louisiana Constitution in 1812 and was a member of the lower branch of the Louisiana Legislature from 1816 to 1818.[1]

He was a judge of the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1821 to 1833. He was elected as a Whig to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Josiah S. Johnston, and served from December 19, 1833, until January 5, 1837, when he resigned due to ill health. He continued the practice of law in Attakapas and was a planter. Porter was again elected to the U.S. Senate for the term beginning March 4, 1843, but did not take his seat due to ill health and Henry Johnson took it instead. He died in Attakapas in 1844, and interment was on Oakland plantation in Franklin, Louisiana.


  1. ^ Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. "Alexander Porter Historical Marker". 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Pierre Derbigny
Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court
Succeeded by
Henry A. Bullard
United States Senate
Preceded by
Josiah S. Johnston
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Louisiana
December 19, 1833 – January 5, 1837
Served alongside: George A. Waggaman and Robert C. Nicholas
Succeeded by
Alexandre Mouton