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Charles L. Porter
Born 1833
CHARLES L. PORTER, President of Olin College; born at Prattsburg, Steuben Co., N.Y., October 19, 1833; graduated at Amherst, Mass., in 1852; admitted to the bar at Urbana, Ill., in 1858. Prof. Porter is a skillful scientist and linguist, being acquainted with six different languages, and organized the Olin College in September, 1878; incorporated August 1, 1879. He is a direct lineal descendant of the family represented by Noah Porter, President of Yale College. Was in the war of the Union, and acted Adjutant General to Gen. Thomas Ewing, when in command at St. Louis; was three times promoted, once for bravery in the field; was honorably discharged from the officers' hospital, on Lookout Mountain, in 1865. Married first wife, Nettie V. Penney, of Cape Girardeau, Me., in 1862. Their daughter, Annie, died in 1867, in her second year. Mrs. Porter died in 1871; was again married to Emma D. Blanchard, of Wheatland, Iowa, in 1872; their son, Charles, died in 1876, aged 2 months.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 650.


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