Augustus Seymour Porter

Augustus Seymour Porter

Infobox Senator
name=Augustus S. Porter

jr/sr=United States Senator
term=January 20, 1840 – March 3, 1845
preceded=Lucius Lyon
succeeded=Lewis Cass
office2=Mayor of Detroit
preceded2=Henry Howard
succeeded2=Asher B. Bates
date of birth=January 18, 1798
place of birth=Canandaigua, New York
date of death=September 18, 1872
place of death=Niagara Falls, New York
alma_mater = Union College

Augustus Seymour Porter (January 18, 1798September 18, 1872) was a U.S. statesman from the state of Michigan.

He was born in Canandaigua, New York, the nephew of Peter Buell Porter and attended Canandaigua Academy. He graduated from Union College, in Schenectady, New York, in 1818, studied law and was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Detroit, Michigan. He was treasurer of the Michigan Pioneer Society in 1837. He became the recorder of Detroit in 1830 and was mayor of Detroit from 1838–1839. He resigned as mayor to run for the Senate, and was succeeded as mayor by Asher B. Bates.

He was elected as a Whig to the United States Senate, and served from January 20, 1840 until March 3, 1845. He did not run for reelection in 1844. He was chairman of the Committee on Roads and Canals, 1841–1845, and was on the Committee on Enrolled Bills, 1841–1843.

He moved to his father’s residence in Niagara Falls, New York, in 1848 and died at there on September 18, 1872. He is interred in Oakwood Cemetery in Niagara Falls, New York.


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