Biography of Wilbur A. Porter


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Porter, Wilbur A., practicing lawyer at Carthage, was born in Jefferson county, July 28, 1855, and was the youngest but one of the children of Andrew F. and Almedia (Hough) Porter. His early life was spent on a farm and he was educated at Watertown and also at Hungerford Institute at Adams. When eighteen years old he began reading law with Wynn & Porter and afterward with his uncle, Judge Porter, and in April, 1877, at Rochester, he was admitted to practice law in the State courts. He soon formed a law partnership with Mr. Nims, which continued until 1880, when Mr. Porter removed to Chamberlain, S. Dak., where he lived about twelve years. During that period he was three times elected district attorney of the county, then resigned and returned east. In 1893 he opened an office in Carthage and is looked upon as one of the strongest Democratic lawyers outside the county seat. Naturally Mr. Porter prefers civil practice, but is a good lawyer in any branch of the profession. As is intimated he is a strong Democrat and as such stands high in the councils of his party in the county. September 18, 1877, Mr. Porter married Minnie S. Lewis, and they have four children.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898