born at Morristown, Pa., Feb. 9 1791, eldest son of a distinguished
officer in the revolutionary war, Gen. Andrew Porter, and brother to David
Rittenhouse Porter, governor of Pennsylvania, and James Madison Porter,
secretary of war under President Tyler. He was named in honor of his
father's friend Judge George Byran, of the supreme court of Pennsylvania,
and a prominent revolutionary patriot. Young Porter was educated for the
law at Litchfield, entered upon his legal career at Lancaster, Pa. At the
time of his father's death he had barely attained his majority, but by
close application and great energy he soon took a prominent position at
the bar, becoming attorney-general of his state, and advanced to the front
rank of his profession. at one time he served in the state legislature. In
June, 1831, President Andrew Jackson appointed him governor of the
territory of Michigan, in which capacity he took an active port in the
Black Hawk War of 1832-33. Wisconsin, which had before been annexed to
Michigan, was made a separate territory during his administration, which
was made further notable by the organization of a number of new township
and the construction of many roads. In the year 1832 alone no less than
thirteen such highways were authorized by teh territorial council. During
the same year acts were also passed providing for the establishment of
common schools, the incorporation of the Lake Michigan steamboat company,
and the incorporation of the states first railroad company, now known as
the Michigan central railroad. These improvement attracted the attention
of both speculators and settlers, and land values increased accordingly.
The territory also made an appeal to congress for admission into the
Union, but this was not accomplished until later. On July 6, 1834, Gov.
Porter died at Detroit, his enterprise and ability having left permanent
traces upon the thriving territory.
The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography: Being the History ... Volume 5 1891
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