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Porter, Jr., Lewis

Senate 1867 (District 17)

Party when first elected:  Republican

Counties Served:  Blue Earth, Watonwan


Date of Birth: 5/2/1829
Birth Place: Covert, New York
Birth County: Seneca
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 1/7/1876
Gender: Male
Religion: Baptist
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Garden City
Occupation (when first elected): Farmer


Groton Academy, New York; Secondary;
Ithaca Academy, New York; Secondary;
Hamilton College, New York; Attended College;
Studied Law; With Mr. Hunting in Farmerville and Later the Honorable M. J. Severance; Admitted to the Bar, Winter, 1874-75


County Government: New York (Held various County Offices); 18?? to 18??
Judge: New York (Justice of the Peace); 1858 to 18??


Spouse: Esther Burr (married in the Fall of 1857, she died on December 21, 1903)
Children: Three children: Burr, and Henry (sons); Anna (daughter)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Miles Porter  - First Cousin Once Removed


Toensing lists his birth year as 1830?, a relative and his obituary say it was 1829.

He came to Minnesota in 1863 or 1864 and purchased a farm in Garden City Township near Mills Lake.

He died from accidental poisoning when he drank a quantity of corrosive sublimate, used to poison rats, that he thought was home made wine. He died in Garden City, Minnesota and was buried in the Garden City cemetery.

Children's names provided by a relative.

Religion provided by a relative and his obituary.

Total Days Served: 364


9th Legislative Session (1867)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 17
Elected: 11/6/1866
Residence: Garden City
Term of Office: 1/8/1867 to 1/6/1868
Counties Represented: Blue Earth, Watonwan
Occupation: Farmer
Party: Republican
  • Agriculture and Manufactures (Chair)
  • Education
  • Enrollment
  • Indian Affairs (Chair)