Gilchrist Porter

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Gilchrist Porter (November 1, 1817 - November 1, 1894) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri.

Born in Windsor, near Fredericksburg, Virginia, Porter received a limited schooling. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Bowling Green, Missouri.

Porter was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1852 to the Thirty-third Congress.

Porter was elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857). He served as chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims (Thirty-fourth Congress). Circuit judge 1866-1880. He resumed the practice of law. He died in Hannibal, Missouri, November 1, 1894. He was interred in Riverside Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Van Ness Bay
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 2nd congressional district

1851-1853
Succeeded by
Alfred William Lamb
Preceded by
Alfred William Lamb
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 2nd congressional district

1855-1857
Succeeded by
Thomas Lilbourne Anderson