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Gilchrist PORTER

(1817-1894)

PORTER, Gilchrist, a Representative from Missouri; born in Windsor, near Fredericksburg, Va., November 1, 1817; received a limited schooling; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Bowling Green, Mo.; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1852 to the Thirty-third Congress; elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857); chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Thirty-fourth Congress); circuit judge 1866-1880; resumed the practice of law; died in Hannibal, Marion County, Mo., November 1, 1894; interment in Riverside Cemetery.

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

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