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Peter Augustus Porter (October 10, 1853December 15, 1925) was a U.S. Representative from New Yorkmarker, and grandson of Peter Buell Porter. Porter was the son of Mary Cabell Breckenridge and Colonel Peter A. Porter, the Civil War hero who bravely died in the bloody Battle of Cold Harbor.

Early life

Born in Niagara Falls, New Yorkmarker, Porter was taught by private teachers and later attended St. Paul's Schools in Concord, New Hampshiremarker from 1865 to 1871. He graduated from Yale College in 1874. After his formal education, Porter engaged in banking and was an extensive landowner. He served as president of the village of Niagara Falls, New Yorkmarker, in 1878.


Porter began his life in politics when he served as member of the New York State assembly in 1886 and 1887. In 1907, he was elected as an Independent Republican to the Sixtieth Congress (March 4, 1907March 3, 1909). After his term was over, he declined to be a candidate for renomination.

Later life

Following his stint in politics, Porter engaged in the study and writing of history of the Niagara frontier. He died in Buffalo, New Yorkmarker, December 15, 1925 and was interred in Oakwood Cemetery in his hometown of Niagara Falls.


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