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W. T. PORTER-- Born October 04, 1831 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; died June 16, 1871 in Kirksville {Mo} after a long illness. His family moved from Pennsylvania to Missouri in 1849, locating in Cole County. In 1855 he came to Kirksville and began the practice of law. In 1856 he was elected {Adair} County School Superintendent on the Democratic ticket, and in 1858 he was appointed county attorney by the county court. In 1860 he was elected circuit clerk and served until 1865, when he was removed by the law which vacated all offices at that time. He was struck with paralysis in 1866 and never fully recovered. "Genial and social in his intercourse with his fellowmen, he endeared himself to all with whom he became acquired, and in his death Adair County loses one of her best and most honored citizens," said the North Missouri Register at that time.
[Source: The History of Adair County Missouri, by E.M. Violette (1911). Submitted by Desiree Rodcay]


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