Charles W. Porter Information

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Charles W. Porter (July 11, 1849 — August 1, 1891) was an attorney and public official who served as Secretary of State of Vermont.


Charles Walcott Porter was born in Hartford, Vermont on July 11, 1849; he was the son of Judge John Porter (1798-1888) and Jane F. Foster (1811-1900). [1] Porter was educated in Hartford, and then graduated from Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire and Phillips Andover Academy in Massachusetts. [1]

After completing his education, Porter moved to Montpelier, where he studied law with Benjamin F. Fifield, and was admitted to the bar. [1] He practiced in partnership with Fifield and Clarence H. Pitkin; after Fifield retired, Pitkin and Porter practiced together until 1880, after which Porter carried on his own practice. [1] From 1887 until his death, he was president of the Berlin Granite Company. [1]

A Republican, Porter was Vermont's Deputy Secretary of State from 1872 to 1884. [1] In 1884, longtime incumbent George Nichols retired, and Porter became Secretary of State. [1] He served until 1890, when he was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination. [2]

Death and burial

Porter died at the home of his brother in law in New Bedford, Massachusetts on August 1, 1891. [3] He had been ill for more than a year, and traveled extensively in an effort to restore his health. [4] Physicians diagnosed him with malaria, though they were unable to determine how he had contracted it or when. [4] He was buried at Green Mount Cemetery in Montpelier. [5]


In 1885, Porter married Florence B. Bailey, the daughter of Charles W. and Olive E. Bailey of Montpelier. [1]




  • Ullery, Jacob G. (1894). Men of Vermont Illustrated. Brattleboro, VT: Transcript Publishing Company. pp. 322–323.


  • "The State Conventions". Vermont Phoenix. Brattleboro, VT. June 20, 1890. p. 2. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= ( help)
  • "Obituary, Charles W. Porter". Boston Post. Boston, MA. August 3, 1891. p. 8. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= ( help)
  • "C. W. Porter Dead". Burlington Free Press. Burlington, VT. August 3, 1891. p. 1. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= ( help)
  • "Funeral of Hon. C. W. Porter". Vermont Watchman. Montpelier, VT. August 12, 1891. p. 4. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= ( help)
Political offices
Preceded by
George Nichols
Vermont Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Chauncey W. Brownell