James Porter (New York politician)

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James Porter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th district
In office
March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1819
Preceded byVictory Birdseye
Succeeded byGeorge Hall
Personal details
Born(1787-04-18)April 18, 1787
Williamstown, Massachusetts
DiedFebruary 7, 1839(1839-02-07) (aged 51)
Albany, New York
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Alma materWilliams College

James Porter (April 18, 1787 – February 7, 1839) was a United States Representative from New York. He was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts on April 18, 1787. He graduated from Williams College in 1810, studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Skaneateles, New York.

Porter was a member of the New York State Assembly, and was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fifteenth Congress (March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1819). He was not a candidate for renomination, and resumed the practice of law. He served as surrogate of Onondaga County, then moved to Albany and served as register of the court of chancery until his death there February 7, 1839. His interment was in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.


  • United States Congress. "James Porter (id: P000442)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Victory Birdseye
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 19th congressional district

Succeeded by
George Hall