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Charles Howell Porter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd district
In office
January 26, 1870 – March 3, 1873
Preceded by Daniel C. DeJarnette (1861)
Succeeded by John A. Smith
Personal details
Born June 21, 1833
Cairo, New York
Died July 9, 1897(1897-07-09) (aged 64)
Cairo, New York
Resting place Cairo Cemetery, Cairo, New York
Political party Republican
Alma mater Albany Law School
Profession lawyer
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Branch/service Union Army
Unit 1st Regiment New York Mounted Rifles
Battles/wars American Civil War

Charles Howell Porter (June 21, 1833 – July 9, 1897) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born in Cairo, New York, Porter completed preparatory studies. He was graduated from the law university at Albany, New York, in 1853. He was admitted to the bar in 1854 and commenced practice in Ashland, New York. He entered the Union Army in 1861 as a member of the 1st Regiment New York Mounted Rifles. He settled in Norfolk, Virginia. He served as city attorney for one year. Commonwealth attorney 1863–1867. He moved to Richmond, Virginia, in 1867.

He served as member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1868. Upon the readmission of Virginia to representation was elected as a Republican to the Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses and served from January 26, 1870, to March 3, 1873. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1872. He engaged in the practice of law in New York City and Beacon, New York. He died in Cairo, New York, July 9, 1897. He was interred in Cairo Cemetery.

Electoral history

  • 1869; Porter was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 77.16% of the vote, defeating Independents James W. Hunnicutt and John E. Mulford.
  • 1870; Porter was re-elected unopposed.
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