John Porter (New York politician)

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John Porter (October 24, 1790 Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts – February 3, 1874 Auburn, Cayuga County, New York) was an American politician from New York.


He graduated from Williams College in 1810. Then he studied law in Albany, New York, was admitted to the bar in 1815, and commenced practice in Auburn. He was District Attorney of Cayuga County from 1821 to 1828. In 1825, he married Abigail M. Phillips (1800–1886), a niece of Congressman Gurdon S. Mumford (1764–1831), and they had five children. He was Surrogate of Cayuga County from 1828 to 1836.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (6th D.) from 1843 to 1846, sitting in the 66th, 67th, 68th and 69th New York State Legislatures.

He was buried at the Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn.

His son Charles Talbot Porter (1826–1910) was an inventor of mechanical devices, and received the John Fritz Medal in 1909.

His daughter Anna Phillips Porter (1828–1910) was married to Alonzo Glover Beardsley (1820–1906), son of State Senator John Beardsley (1783–1857).


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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Robert C. Nicholas
New York State Senate
Seventh District (Class 4)

Succeeded by
Abraham Gridley