Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Where Detroit's History Endures
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George B. Porter

Handsome, strong-willed and capable, Pennsylvanian George Porter was appointed to fill the post of Governor of the Michigan Territory by his friend President Andrew Jackson in 1831.

Porter was born in Morristown, Pennsylvania in 1791. His father had been a general during the Revolutionary War. His brother was Governor of Pennsylvania. He was educated at the Litchfield Law School (later the law school of Yale University) and he was admitted to the bar of Pennsylvania. He served in the military during the War of 1812 rising to the rank of Major General in the Pennsylvania Militia. After the war he was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In 1816 he married Sarah Hume, and they had two sons. He served in the government and military of Pennsylvania until 1831.

During his governorship of the Michigan Territory some milestones were; two outbreaks of cholera, and the Black Hawk Indian War. Porter established the first public school district system in Detroit, the first mail routes in Michigan and treaties with the Indians at Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Porter died of cholera in 1834, in Detroit, at the home he was building for his family.

Born: February 9, 1791
Died: July 6, 1834
Buried: Section F, Lot 48