George Bryan Porter

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George Bryan Porter
George B. Porter
Territorial Governor of Michigan
In office
August 6, 1831 – July 6, 1834 (death)
President Andrew Jackson
Preceded by Lewis Cass
Succeeded by Stevens T. Mason
Michigan State Representative
In office
Personal details
Born (1791-02-09)February 9, 1791
Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died July 6, 1834(1834-07-06) (aged 43)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Resting place Elmwood Cemetery
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality United States
Political party Democratic party
Spouse(s) Sarah Humes Porter
Relations David Rittenhouse Porter(b)
James Madison Porter(b)
Horace Porter(n)
Children Andrew Porter
Parents Andrew Porter
Elizabeth Parker Porter
Occupation Attorney
Religion Presbyterian
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1812
Rank major
Battles/wars War of 1812

George Bryan Porter (February 9, 1791 – July 6, 1834), was a American statesman in Pennsylvania and Territorial Governor of Michigan from August 6, 1831, until his death on July 6, 1834.

Early life[edit]

Born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Porter attended the Morristown Academy. While he and his two brothers were preparing to enter college, there was a student "rebellion" at Princeton and many school buildings had been burned. As a result, Porter and his brothers continued their studies in their father's library rather than at Princeton.


Porter was a major in the United States Army during the War of 1812. He attended Litchfield Law School in Litchfield, Connecticut and was admitted to the bar in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1813. He served as Prothonotary (Chief Court Clerk) in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1818.[1]

A lawyer in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania,[2] Porter eventually entered state politics. He served as Adjutant General from 1824-1829; became a Democratic party member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1827[3]

Porter was United States Marshall for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1831. Appointed by President Andrew Jackson in 1831, Porter served as the Territorial Governor of Michigan[4] from 1832 until his death in 1834.


Porter died while in office on July 6, 1834 (age 43 years, 147 days) during a cholera epidemic in Detroit, Michigan.[5] He is interred at Elmwood Cemetery, in Detroit.

Family life[edit]

Porter was married to Sarah Humes of Pennsylvania, on October 31, 1816, and had at least four children, one of whom was General Andrew Porter, one of the generals at the First Battle of Bull Run, who married Margarite Biddle of the famous Biddle family.

Porter was the son of General Andrew Porter who served in the U.S. Revolutionary War, and Elizabeth Parker Porter. He was the brother of David Rittenhouse Porter, Pennsylvania Governor, 1839–1845, and James Madison Porter, Secretary of War, 1843–1844, and the uncle of Horace Porter, U.S. Ambassador to France, 1897 - 1905.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Lewis Cass
Territorial Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
Stevens T. Mason