Biography of George A. Porter





Porter, George A., p. o. Corfu, N. Y., was born at Holley, N. Y., April 22, 1825. His parents moved to Rochester, N. Y., when he was a boy, where he attended the public schools and Rochester Collegiate Institute. He was a newsboy and sold the Rochester Advertiser, the first daily paper printed in Rochester: he was also an assistant to the city surveyor. He became a railway man, first as fireman, and was promoted to various positions until he became freight receiver on what is now known as the N. Y. C. & H. R. R. R. Co. at Rochester. In 1834 he came to Corfu and purchased an interest in a general store in company with his brother, Henry P., forming the firm of Porter Bros., which continued until 1882, when he purchased his brother's interest and conducted it on his own account up to 1886. W. H. Taylor was then taken as partner and the business was conducted by George A. Porter & Co., until 1893, at which time they sold to H. A. Maynard. Mr. Porter now lives a retired life. In 1837 he married Catherine A. Brook of Middletown, O.; they had four children: George B., who was drowned in the Miama River in 1880; Kate M., who died in 1881; Sarah R., who resides at home; and Bertha J., who married Robert R. Rowley of Attica, N. Y., and has two daughters, Catherine and Hilda, Mr. Porter's father. George A. Porter, was born at Sag Harbor, L. I., about the year 1794, and was educated by his father, who was a school teacher. He was a carpenter and contractor by occupation; he married Sarah B. Warren of Columbia county, N. Y., and nine children were born to them, five of whom grew to maturity: Henry P., Delia M., George A., Warren S. and Sobeskie T. Mr. Porter died in January, 1853, and his widow in 1877. Mrs. Porter's father, Jacob Brock, was born in Switzerland and came to this country when a boy; he married Catherine King, and they had fourteen children; both parents are dead. Mr. Porter in his political choice is a Democrat.



Source:
Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890

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