Thomas Porter (Vermont politician)

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Thomas Porter (February 15, 1734 May 30, 1833) was a Connecticut and Vermont military and political figure who served as Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives.

Connecticut state of the United States of America

Connecticut is the southernmost state in the New England region of the United States. As of the 2010 Census, it has the highest per-capita income, Human Development Index (0.962), and median household income in the United States. It is bordered by Rhode Island to the east, Massachusetts to the north, New York to the west, and Long Island Sound to the south. Its capital is Hartford and its most populous city is Bridgeport. It is part of New England, although portions of it are often grouped with New York and New Jersey as the Tri-state area. The state is named for the Connecticut River which approximately bisects the state. The word "Connecticut" is derived from various anglicized spellings of an Algonquian word for "long tidal river".

Vermont State of the United States of America

Vermont is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It borders the U.S. states of Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. Vermont is the second-smallest by population and the sixth-smallest by area of the 50 U.S. states. The state capital is Montpelier, the least populous state capital in the United States. The most populous city, Burlington, is the least populous city to be the most populous city in a state. As of 2015, Vermont was the leading producer of maple syrup in the United States. It was ranked as the safest state in the country in 2016.

Vermont House of Representatives

The Vermont House of Representatives is the lower house of the Vermont General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Vermont. The House comprises 150 members, with each member representing around 4,100 citizens. Representatives are elected to a two-year term without term limits.

Biography

Thomas Porter was born in Farmington, Connecticut Colony, on February 15, 1734 and became a farmer in Cornwall. He served with the British during the French and Indian War and held several local offices, including member of the Connecticut House of Representatives. [1] [2]

Farmington, Connecticut Town in Connecticut, United States

Farmington is a town in Hartford County in the Farmington Valley area of central Connecticut in the United States. The population was 25,340 at the 2010 census. It sits 10 miles west of Hartford at the hub of major I-84 interchanges, 20 miles south of Bradley International Airport and 2-hours by car from NYC and Boston. It is home to the world headquarters of several large corporations including United Technologies, Otis Elevator Company, and Carvel. The northwest section of Farmington has a Unionville suburban neighborhood.

Connecticut Colony English, from 1707, British, possession in North America between 1636 and 1776

The Connecticut Colony or Colony of Connecticut, originally known as the Connecticut River Colony or simply the River Colony, was an English colony in North America that became the state of Connecticut. It was organized on March 3, 1636 as a settlement for a Puritan congregation, and the English permanently gained control of the region in 1637 after struggles with the Dutch. The colony was later the scene of a bloody war between the colonists and Pequot Indians known as the Pequot War. Connecticut Colony played a significant role in the establishment of self-government in the New World with its refusal to surrender local authority to the Dominion of New England, an event known as the Charter Oak incident which occurred at Jeremy Adams' inn and tavern.

Cornwall, Connecticut Town in Connecticut, United States

Cornwall is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 1,420 at the 2010 census.

Porter served against the British at the start of the American Revolution as a Captain in the Connecticut Militia, and relocated to Tinmouth, Vermont in 1779. [3]

American Revolution Colonial revolt in which the Thirteen Colonies won independence from Great Britain

The American Revolution was a colonial revolt that took place between 1765 and 1783. The American Patriots in the Thirteen Colonies won independence from Great Britain, becoming the United States of America. They defeated the British in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) in alliance with France and others.

In the United States uniformed services, captain is a commissioned-officer rank. In keeping with the traditions of the militaries of most nations, the rank varies between the services, being a senior rank in the naval services and a junior rank in the ground and air forces.

Tinmouth, Vermont Town in Vermont, United States

Tinmouth is a town in Rutland County, Vermont, United States. The population was 613 at the 2010 census.

In 1780 Porter was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives. He served until 1782 and was Speaker of the House during his entire House tenure. [4]

Porter resigned as Speaker to accept election to the Governor's Council, on which he served until 1795. [5]

From 1781 to 1782 Porter was Assistant Judge of the Rutland County Court, and he was the court's Chief Judge from 1788 to 1789. [6]

Side judge

Side judge, or assistant judge, is a judicial position apparently unique to the state of Vermont. There are two side judges in each of Vermont's 14 counties.

Rutland County, Vermont County in the United States

Rutland County is a county located in the U.S. state of Vermont. As of the 2010 census, the population was 61,642, making it the second-most populous county in Vermont. Its county seat and most populous municipality is the city of Rutland. It is named after the English county of Rutland.

In 1783 Porter became a Judge on the Vermont Supreme Court, serving until 1785. [7]

He died in Granville, New York on May 30, 1833. [8] Porter was buried at Sawyer Cemetery in Tinmouth.

Porter was the father of college president and theologian Ebenezer Porter. [9]

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References

  1. Men of Vermont Illustrated, by Jacob G. Ullery, 1894, page 174
  2. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, by New England Historic Genealogical Society, Volume 9, 1855, page 54
  3. Magazine article, The Supreme Court of Vermont, The Green Bag: A Useless but Entertaining Magazine for Lawyers, by Russell S. Taft, January, 1894 (Volume 6 Number 1), page 22
  4. List of Speakers of the Vermont House of representatives Archived 2012-07-20 at Archive.today , published by Vermont Secretary of State, Archives and Records Administration, 2012
  5. Records of the Governor and Council of the State of Vermont, published by E. P. Walton, (Montpelier), Volume 3, 1875, pages 1 to 2
  6. History of Rutland County, Vermont, by H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann, 1886, pages 142 to 143
  7. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Vermont, by Daniel Chipman, Volume 1, 1824, page 6
  8. Annals of the American Pulpit: Trinitarian Congregational, by William Buell Sprague, 1857, page 351
  9. Memoir of the Life and Character of Ebenezer Porter, by Lyman Matthews, 1837, page 23
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Samuel Robinson
Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives
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