Alexander Porter (1785 - 1844)

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Birthplace: County Donegal, Ireland
Death: Died in Attakapas, LA
Managed by: William LaBach
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About Alexander Porter

Alexander Porter (June 24, 1785 – January 13, 1844) was a United States Senator from Louisiana. Born in County Donegal, Ireland, he immigrated to the United States in 1801 with an uncle, who settled in Nashville, Tennessee. He received a limited schooling, attended the now-defunct Clemenceau College, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1807, and commenced practice in the Attakapas region of the Territory of Orleans. He was a delegate to the convention which framed the first Louisiana Constitution in 1812 and was a member of the lower branch of the Louisiana Legislature from 1816 to 1818.

Porter was a judge of the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1821 to 1833. He was elected as a Whig to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Josiah S. Johnston, and served from December 19, 1833, until January 5, 1837, when he resigned due to ill health. He continued the practice of law in Attakapas and was a planter. Porter was again elected to the U.S. Senate for the term beginning March 4, 1843, but did not take his seat due to ill health and Henry Johnson took it instead. He died in Attakapas in 1844, and interment was on Oakland plantation in Franklin, Louisiana.

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Alexander Porter, U.S. Senator's Timeline

June 24, 1785
County Donegal, Ireland
January 13, 1844
Age 58
Attakapas, LA