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Wilbur F. Porter

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Wilbur F. Porter

Birth
Herkimer County, New York, USA
Death
21 May 1901 (aged 68)
Burial
Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, USA GPS-Latitude: 43.9356938, Longitude: -75.9115841
Plot
Q 11 09R
Memorial ID
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From Cemetery Records:
PORTER WILBUR F 5/23/1901 Q 11 09R 1832 1901 Mayor Wat-NYS GovCandate
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Wilbur F Porter 1872

Mr Porter was prominent in local and State politics for a number of years. He was born in Herkimer County in 1832. His parents moved to Jefferson County in 1842 locating in the town of Theresa. He began the study of law while teaching school at Cape Vincent, where he lived for a year or two. He moved to Watertown in 1860 and was admitted to the bar in 1875.

Six times he was elected Mayor of Watertown serving in that position until his death. In 1891 he ran for Congress against Gen. N M Curtis of Ogdensburg. he reduced the normal Republican vote in the district which comprised Oswego, Jefferson and St Lawrence Counties, many thousands. In one of his races for Mayor he was nominated by the regular Democratic organization for Governor. The party was split on the money question and he was defeated. Gov Flower's first act almost after being elected was to appoint Mr Porter to the State Board of Claims.

Mr Porter died May 21 1901
(Mayors, The City of Watertown, New York)
From Cemetery Records:
PORTER WILBUR F 5/23/1901 Q 11 09R 1832 1901 Mayor Wat-NYS GovCandate
**********
Wilbur F Porter 1872

Mr Porter was prominent in local and State politics for a number of years. He was born in Herkimer County in 1832. His parents moved to Jefferson County in 1842 locating in the town of Theresa. He began the study of law while teaching school at Cape Vincent, where he lived for a year or two. He moved to Watertown in 1860 and was admitted to the bar in 1875.

Six times he was elected Mayor of Watertown serving in that position until his death. In 1891 he ran for Congress against Gen. N M Curtis of Ogdensburg. he reduced the normal Republican vote in the district which comprised Oswego, Jefferson and St Lawrence Counties, many thousands. In one of his races for Mayor he was nominated by the regular Democratic organization for Governor. The party was split on the money question and he was defeated. Gov Flower's first act almost after being elected was to appoint Mr Porter to the State Board of Claims.

Mr Porter died May 21 1901
(Mayors, The City of Watertown, New York)


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