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Porter, Benjamin, 1771-1818

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1771 - 1818

Benjamin Porter was born on July 13, 1771. He was admitted to the bar, and succeeded to Hon Daniel Farrand's practice, when the latter left Newbury in 1800. Some years before his death, he removed to South Newbury. He was widely known as a lawyer and man of business, and was considered by Daniel Webster, who knew him well, as the most attractive social companion he had ever known. Benjamin Porter was town representative in 1811, 1812 and 1816. He introduced the grass generally called "witch grass" into this part of the country, in the idea that it would be of great benefit to farmers. It was formerly called "Porter grass." He visited Saratoga for his health in the summer of 1818, and died at the house of his brother-in-law, Mills Olcott, at Hanover NH.

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

Benjamin Porter letter

Webster Mss 805527
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 805527
Overview In English.

Benjamin Porter letter

Webster Mss 806268.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 806268.1
Overview In English.

Benjamin Porter letter

Webster Mss 806112
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 806112
Overview In English.

Benjamin Porter letter

Webster Mss 806319
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 806319
Overview In English.

Benjamin Porter letter

Webster Mss 806611.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 806611.1
Overview In English.

Benjamin Porter papers

MS-52
 Collection
Identifier: MS-52
Overview Benjamin Porter (1771-1818), lawyer. The collection contains correspondence, deeds, bills, receipts, and other papers.

Benjamin Porter receipt

Mss 806111
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 806111
Overview In English.

George Clinton letter

Mss 799266
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 799266
Scope and Contents Letter from George Clinton with a power of attorney for sale of property in the town of Newbury, Vermont to Benjamin Porter. Ms witnesed by George W. Clinton and John M. Kesson before John B. Coles, Justice of the Peace, City of New York. Recorded by F. Bayley, Town Clerk, Orange County, Town of Newbury, 1799 November 25.

George Clinton letter

Mss 799662
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 799662
Scope and Contents Three page letter from George Clinton of Greenwich [N.Y] to Benjamin Porter of Newbury, Vt. about terms and sale of land to Jacob Bayley. Enclosure on same sheet: Copy of letter, 1799 October 25, from Jacob Bayley, Newbury Vt., to George Clinton and copy of letter 1799 December 10, from George Clinton, Greenwich, to Jacob Bayley.

George Clinton letter

Mss 800116
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 800116
Scope and Contents Three page letter from George Clinton of Greenwich [N.Y.] to Benjamin Porter, Newbury, Vt. about sale of lands to Jacob Bayley. Enclosure on same sheet: Copy of letter, 1800 January 2, from Jacob Bayley, Newbury, Vt., to George Clinton and copy of letter, 1800 January 16, from George Clinton, Greenwich, to Jacob Bayley.