Major George B. Porter, Territorial Governor

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George Bryan Porter

Birthplace: Norristown, Montgomery, PA, USA
Death: Died in Detroit, Wayne, MI, USA
Place of Burial: Norristown, Montgomery, PA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Gen. Andrew Porter (Continental Army) and Elizabeth Porter
Husband of Sarah Porter
Father of Brig. General Andrew Porter (USA)
Brother of Gov David Rittenhouse Porter; Charlotte Brooke Porter and James Madison Porter, U.S. Secretary of War
Half brother of Robert Porter; Elizabeth Rittenhouse Parker and Mary Porter

Occupation: Statesman, Major - US Army, PA State Representative, Lieutenant Colonel, (Brevet Colonel), US Army, War of 1812
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About Major George B. Porter, Territorial Governor

George Bryan Porter (February 9, 1791 - July 6, 1834), was a U.S. statesman in Pennsylvania and Michigan Territory.

He was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, the brother of David Rittenhouse Porter, Pennsylvania Governor, 1839–1845, and James Madison Porter, Secretary of War, 1843–1844, and the uncle of Horace Porter, U.S. Ambassador to France, 1897 - 1905. His father, General Andrew Porter served in the U.S. Revolutionary War.

Porter was a major in the United States Army during the War of 1812. He also went to law school in Litchfield, Connecticut and had a practice in Lancaster, Pennsylvania before becoming a Democratic party member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1827.

He was appointed Governor of Michigan Territory by President Andrew Jackson in 1831. He died while in office in 1834 during a cholera epidemic in Detroit, Michigan. He is interred at Elmwood Cemetery, in Detroit.

He was married to Sarah Humes of Pennsylvania, and had at least four children.

One son, General Andrew Porter, married Margarite Biddle of the famous Biddle family. During the American Civil War, he was one of the generals at the First Battle of Bull Run.

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Major George B. Porter, Territorial Governor's Timeline

February 1, 1791
Norristown, Montgomery, PA, USA
July 10, 1820
Age 29
Lancaster, Lancaster, PA, USA
July 6, 1834
Age 43
Detroit, Wayne, MI, USA
Age 42
Norristown, Montgomery, PA, USA