Augustus Seymour Porter

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Augustus S. Porter
Augustus Porter.jpg
United States Senator
from Michigan
In office
January 20, 1840 – March 4, 1845
Preceded by Lucius Lyon
Succeeded by Lewis Cass
14th Mayor of Detroit
In office
1838 – March 14, 1839
Preceded by Henry Howard
Succeeded by Asher B. Bates
Personal details
Born (1798-01-18)January 18, 1798
Canandaigua, New York
Died September 18, 1872(1872-09-18) (aged 74)
Niagara Falls, New York
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Sarah A. Mansfield
(m. 1822; her death 1824)

Sarah G. Barnard
(m. 1832; his death 1872)
Children 3
Parents Augustus Porter
Lavinia Steele
Relatives Peter Porter, Jr. (half-brother)
Peter Buell Porter (uncle)
Peter A. Porter (cousin)
Education Canandaigua Academy
Alma mater Union College
Profession Lawyer

Augustus Seymour Porter (January 18, 1798 – September 18, 1872) was a U.S. statesman from the state of Michigan.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Canandaigua, New York, the son of Augustus Porter (1769–1849) and his first wife, Lavinia Steele.[1] His brother was Peter B. Porter, Jr. (1806–1871) and his uncle was Peter Buell Porter (1773–1844), the United States Secretary of War under John Quincy Adams.

He attended Canandaigua Academy,[2] and graduated from Union College, in Schenectady, New York, in 1818, studied law and was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Detroit, Michigan.

Career[edit]

Porter became the recorder of Detroit in 1830 and was the treasurer of the Michigan Pioneer Society in 1837.[2] He was elected mayor of Detroit in 1838,[2] resigning in 1839 to run for the United States Senate, and was succeeded as mayor by Asher B. Bates on March 14, 1839.[2]

He was elected as a Whig to the United States Senate, and served from January 20, 1840 until March 4, 1845.[3] He did not run for reelection in 1844.[2] He was chairman of the Committee on Roads and Canals, 1841–1845, and was on the Committee on Enrolled Bills, 1841–1843.[2]

Personal life[edit]

On July 25, 1822, he married Sarah A. Mansfield (d. 1824). Mansfield died a few months after the birth of Porter's only son:[4]

  • Samuel M. Porter (b. 1824), who died in youth[4]

On September 24, 1832, he married his second wife, Sarah G. Barnard (1807–1885). Together, they had:[4]

  • Jane A. Porter (b. 1833)[4]
  • Sarah F. Porter (b. 1836), who married S. E. Burrall[4]

In 1848, he moved to his father’s residence, in Niagara Falls, New York, and died there on September 18, 1872. He is interred in Oakwood Cemetery in Niagara Falls, New York.[5] Sarah died at Newport, Isle of Wight on April 30, 1885.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Welles, Albert (1881). History of the Buell Family in England: From the Remotest Times Ascertainable from Our Ancient Histories, and in America, from Town, Parish, Church and Family Records. Illustrated with Portraits and Coat Armorial. New York, NY: Society Library. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f United States Congress. "Augustus Seymour Porter (id: P000437)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. 
  3. ^ Press, C. Q. (October 6, 2009). American Political Leaders 1789-2009. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press. ISBN 9781452267265. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Andrews, Henry Porter (1893). The Descendants of John Porter of Windsor, Conn. 1635-9 (Vol. II ed.). Saratoga Springs: G.W. Ball, printer. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Political Graveyard". Archived from the original on 26 August 2010. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Lucius Lyon
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Michigan
January 20, 1840 – March 4, 1845
Served alongside: John Norvell,
William Woodbridge
Succeeded by
Lewis Cass