Biography of Edmund W. Porter
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Porter, Edmund William, was born in Taunton, Mass., March 11, 1831, a son of William Wallace and Mehitable (Cobb) Porter. His early education was obtained in the public schools of Taunton and New York State. In 1845, when he was fourteen years old, he went to the Reed & Barton factory and learned the trade of britannia worker. He stayed with them fourteen years and then left to take a position with the Porter Britannia & Plate Co., in the same location as that occupied by the West Silver Co. of to lay. Mr. Porter has been in his present location, with the exception of some time spent in the west and through all the changes of the firm about thirtynine years. In 1873 he went to Aurora, Ill., to take charge of the Aurora Silver Plate Manufacturing Co. of that city, where he remained twelve years and then returned to Taunton and assisted in the organization of the F. B. Rogers Silver Co. In 1887 this firm was succeeded by the West Silver Co. and Mr. Porter remained' as superintendent, which position he holds to day. He was a member of the City Council about four years, between the years 1865 and 1873. April 6, 1852, he married Sarah Elizabeth, daughter of Jireh and Sally (Waldron) Strange of Taunton, and they had one son, Warren Strange Porter, born October 3, 1857, and died September 1, 1861.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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