; born in Salisbury, Conn.
, Aug. 4, 1773; studied law, and began practice at Canandaigua, N. Y.
, in 1795; was a member of Congress from 1809 to 1813, and again in 1815-16.
He settled at Black Rock
, near Buffalo
, where he and his brothers made large purchases of land along the Niagara River
A leader of volunteers on the Niagara
frontier, he became distinguished for his skill and bravery, and received the thanks of Congress and a gold medal.
offered him the position
of commander-in-chief of the army in 1815, which he declined.
He was secretary of state of New York
(1815-16), and was Secretary of War
, under President John Quincy Adams
, in 1828. General Porter
was one of the early projectors of the Erie Canal
, and one of the first board of commissioners.
He died at Niagara Falls
, March 20, 1844.