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Edward W. Porter (1851-?)
Born In Lapper Co., Mich., practice law in Bay City.

Biography. Added April, 2011.

Histoy of Bay County, Michigan - Moore 1915.


A Bay City lawyer, who by hard work and by close attention to business has made a name for himself in his profession and also as a citizen, Edward W. Porter was admitted to the bar in 1876, and is now one of the older lawyers still active in affairs, and now reaping the fruit for ability established by many years of careful training and conscientious administration of the affairs entrusted to his care.

Edward W. Porter was born at Metamora, Lapeer county, Michigan, March 4, 1851, a son of Moses G. and Maria (Morse) Porter. Both parents were born in Western New York, and came to Michigan in early youth, their respective families settling in Oakland county, and later going to Lapeer county. Moses G. Porter was a farmer throughout his entire active career and his father was a Revolutionary soldier, and well known in the early history of Connecticut. Moses G. Porter died in Michigan in 1885 at the age of sixty-four years. The mother was educated in Granville Seminary in Ohio, now the Denison University, and she died in this state in 1896, when seventy-eight years old.

Edward W. Porter, the third in a family of four children, as a boy attended school in Oakland county, and later at Northville High school, from which he entered Hillsdale College in 1871 and graduated in 1875 in the literary department. He graduated with the class of 1876 in the University of Michigan law school and after graduation was admitted to the bar at Pontiac. After a brief period of practice at Saginaw, he came to Bay City, in March, 1878 and entered the office of Judge Maxwell, and proceeded vigorously to the work of making himself known among the local profession. On October 1, 1878, he formed a partnership with Henry Lindner, and they were associated in an agreeable and profitable partnership for seventeen years. Mr. Porter's present partner is Mr. Haffey, who came into the firm 1885. Besides a large general law practice, Mr. Porter looks after an extensive real estate business. For one term, from 1882 to 1884, he served as assistant prosecuting attorney of Bay County. In politics he is a Republican, belongs to the Bay County Bar Associations, has membership in the Delta Tau Delta College Fraternity, and he and his family worship in the First Baptist Church.

In 1883 in Oakland county, Michigan, Mr. Porter married Miss Alma K. Welsh, a daughter of Andrew J. Welsh of Oakland county. To their marriage have been born eight children as follows: Sidney Welsh Porter, born in Bay City in 1887, and who was married in July, 1913; Laura, who died in infancy; Mrs. Angie Wells; Irwin E. Porter, born in 1891 and died in 1912, a graduate of the high school and at the time of his death employed at the Ford Automobile Works in Detroit; Wendell J., born in Bay City, in 1893, now at Detroit in the automobile business; Inez, born in 1897 in Bay City, and attending high school; Morse, who was born in 1900 at Bay City, in the grade schools; Frank B., born in 1902 at Bay City, and also in school.

Additional Notes.

    1883 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Lindner, Henry (Lindner & Porter), prosecuting attorney Bay County, res n e cor 7th and Park ave.
  • Lindner & Portor (Henry Lindner, Edward W. Porter), Lawyers and Real Estate, s w cor Center and Saginaw.
  • Porter, Edward W (Lindner & Porter), bds n e cor 7th and Park ave.

    1900 Census: Bay City, Mich.

  • Porter, Edward W. - b. Mar. 1851 Mich., attorney
  • Alma, wife b. Mar. 1860 Mich.
  • Sidney, son b. Jan. 1887 Mich.
  • Angie L., dau. - b. Aug 1889 Mich.
  • Edward E, son b. Dec. 1891 Mich.
  • Wendall J., son b. Jan. 1893 Mich.
  • Inez A., dau. - b. Oct. 1897 Mich.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Lindner, Henry
Maxwell, Andrew C.
Pine Ridge Cemetery
People Referenced
Haffey, Joseph
Maxwell, Andrew C. Judge
Morse, Maria (mother)
Porter, Angie L. (dau)
Porter, Edward E. (son)
Porter, Edward W. (subject)
Porter, Frank B.
Porter, Inex A. (dau)
Porter, Laura (dau)
Porter, Moses G. (father)
Porter, Sidney W. (son)
Porter,Wendall J. (son)
Wells, Mr.
Welsh, Alam K. (wife)
Welsh, Andrew J (f-inlaw)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay County, MI
Detroit, MI
Granville Seminary, OH
First Baptish Church
Ford Automobile Works
Hillsdale College, MI
Lapeer County, MI
Metamora, MI
Pontiac, MI
Saginaw, MI
Univ. of Michigan
Oakland County, MI
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.