Robert William Porter

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Robert William Porter
Born (1926-08-13)August 13, 1926
Monmouth, Illinois
Died November 6, 1991(1991-11-06) (aged 65)
Dallas, Texas
Alma mater Monmouth College, University of Michigan Law School
  • United States chief federal judge
  • Attorney
  • Mayor of Richardson, Texas

Robert William Porter (August 13, 1926 – November 6, 1991) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Monmouth, Illinois, Porter was in the United States Navy during World War II, from 1944 to 1946. He received an A.B. from Monmouth College in 1949 and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1952. He was a Home office counsel of the Reserve Life Insurance Company, Dallas, Texas from 1952 to 1954. He then went into private practice as an attorney in Dallas, Texas from 1954 to 1974. During that time, Porter was a Councilman of Richardson, Texas from 1961 to 1966 and then was Mayor from 1966 to 1967. He was also a Pro tem in 1966. He was a Special counsel, County of Dallas, Texas from 1972 to 1974.

Porter was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas and was nominated by U.S. President Richard Nixon on April 22, 1974, to a seat vacated by Leo Brewster. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 13, 1974, and received his commission on June 20, 1974. He served as chief judge from 1986-1989 and then assumed senior status on January 17, 1990 where he served in that capacity until his death, in Dallas, Texas.