Porter Sheldon

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Porter Sheldon
Porter Sheldon.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 31st district
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1871
Preceded by Henry Van Aernam
Succeeded by Walter L. Sessions
Personal details
Born (1831-09-29)September 29, 1831
Victor, New York, U.S.
Died August 15, 1908(1908-08-15) (aged 76)
Jamestown, New York, U.S.
Resting place Lakeview Cemetery
Jamestown, New York
Citizenship US
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Crowley Sheldon
Children Ralph Crowley Sheldon
Profession Lawyer
Religion Presbyterian

Porter Sheldon (September 29, 1831 – August 15, 1908) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New York.

Early life[edit]

Born in Victor, New York, Sheldon completed preparatory studies, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1854 at Batavia, New York.


Sheldon commenced practice in Randolph, New York, then moved to Rockford, Illinois, in 1857 and continued the practice of law. He served as member of the Illinois constitutional convention in 1861, then returned to Jamestown, New York, in 1865 and continued the practice of law.[1]

Elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress, Sheldon was a United States Representative for the thirty-first district of New York from March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1871. An unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1870, he resumed the practice of his profession. He was one of the founders of the American Aristotype Co. which later became part of the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester.[2]


Sheldon died in Jamestown, New York, on August 15, 1908 (76 years, 10 months, and 17 days). He is interred in Lakeview Cemetery in Jamestown. His home, the Partridge-Sheldon House, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[3]

Family life[edit]

Sheldon married Mary Crowley and they had a son, Ralph Crowley Sheldon.[4]


  1. ^ "Porter Sheldon". Chautauqua County Historical Society. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Porter Sheldon". James Prendergast Library. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  3. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ Princeton Alumni Weekly, Volume 38. princeton alumni weekly, 1937. p. 77. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry Van Aernam
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 31st congressional district

Succeeded by
Walter L. Sessions

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.