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
Associate Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court
In office
Preceded by Pierre Derbigny
Succeeded by Henry A. Bullard
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 National Republican
Alma mater Clemenceau College
Profession Politician, Lawyer, Judge, Farmer

Alexander Porter (June 24, 1785 – January 13, 1844) was an attorney, politician and planter in the United States, who served as United States Senator from Louisiana, serving 1833 to 1837. Born in County Donegal, Ireland, he had immigrated in 1801 at the age of 16 with an uncle to the United States. He also served a term in the Louisiana House, from 1816-1818, and as a judge of the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1821 to 1833.


Early life[edit]

Born in County Donegal, Ireland, Alexander Porter immigrated to the United States in 1801 with an uncle, who settled in Nashville, Tennessee. He received a limited schooling, but attended the now-defunct Clemenceau College. He "read the law" as an apprentice and 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. He was elected as a member of the lower branch of the Louisiana Legislature from 1816 to 1818.[1]

He served as a judge of the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1821 to 1833. He was elected in 1833 as a Whig by the state legislature to the U.S. Senate, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Josiah S. Johnston; he served from December 19, 1833, until January 5, 1837, when he resigned due to ill health.

Porter returned to Attakapas to continue the practice of law and also managed his Oakland plantation. Porter was again elected by the state legislature to the U.S. Senate for the term beginning March 4, 1843, but did not take his seat due to ill health. The legislature elected Henry Johnson, former governor of the state, to replace him. Porter died in Attakapas in 1844; he was interred on his Oakland plantation in Franklin, Louisiana.


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

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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