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Portus BAXTER

(1806-1868)

BAXTER, Portus, a Representative from Vermont; born in Brownington, Orleans County, Vt., December 4, 1806; attended the common schools, Norwich Military Academy, and the University of Vermont at Burlington; moved to Derby Line, Orleans County, Vt., in 1828; presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1852 and on the Republican ticket in 1856; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh, Thirty-eighth, and Thirty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1867); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Thirty-eighth Congress); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1866; died in Washington, D.C., March 4, 1868; interment in Strafford Cemetery, Strafford, Orange County, Vt.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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