of human character and efforts, and, above all, when we look into our own souls and try to square ambition with achievement, desire with consummation, hope with possibility—aye, all the contradictions and paradoxes of contest and aspiration—we rise from the contemplation with the conviction that through all these there is a higher destiny.
The brilliancy of intellect, of character and ability of Jonathan Porter were exemplified in his son, George Doane Porter, who was born in Medford, June 21, 1831.
Young, and with a bright career before him, he was, when comparatively only a young man, carried off by that terror of the New England climate, consumption.
He was fitted for college by his father, Jonathan Porter, and graduated at Harvard University in 185.
He took up the study of law with William Brigham, and was admitted to the bar in Boston, June, 1854.
He practiced both in Medford and Boston, and after a while in Medford alone.
I am informed that he was a man of splendid chara