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
Mayor of Detroit
In office
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
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.

He was born in Canandaigua, New York, the nephew of Peter Buell Porter and attended Canandaigua Academy.[1] He graduated from Union College, in Schenectady, New York, in 1818, studied law and was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Detroit, Michigan. He was treasurer of the Michigan Pioneer Society in 1837.[1] He became the recorder of Detroit in 1830 and was mayor of Detroit in 1838.[1] He resigned as mayor to run for the Senate, and was succeeded as mayor by Asher B. Bates.[1]

He was elected as a Whig to the United States Senate, and served from January 20, 1840 until March 4, 1845. He did not run for reelection in 1844.[1] He was chairman of the Committee on Roads and Canals, 1841–1845, and was on the Committee on Enrolled Bills, 1841–1843.[1]

He moved to his father’s residence in Niagara Falls, New York, in 1848 and died at there on September 18, 1872. He is interred in Oakwood Cemetery in Niagara Falls, New York.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f United States Congress. "Augustus Seymour Porter (id: P000437)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. 
  2. ^ "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
Served alongside: John Norvell, William Woodbridge
Succeeded by
Lewis Cass