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Albert Gallatin PORTER

(1824-1897)

PORTER, Albert Gallatin, a Representative from Indiana; born in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Ind., April 20, 1824; attended the public schools and the preparatory department of Hanover (Ind.) College, and was graduated from Indiana Asbury University (now De Pauw University), Greencastle, Ind., in 1843; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in Indianapolis; city attorney 1851-1853; reporter of the Indiana Supreme Court 1853-1857; member of the city council 1857-1859; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1863); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1862; resumed the practice of law; appointed First Comptroller of the Treasury March 5, 1878, and served until 1880; Governor of Indiana 1881-1885; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1888; United States Minister to Italy 1889-1892; died in Indianapolis, Ind., May 3, 1897; interment in Crown Hill Cemetery.

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

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