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Michigan

By. H. G. Wells

George B. Porter, the last Territorial Governor of Michigan, by Presidential appointment, a Pennsylvanian by birth, well educated, an active man, his presence impressed you with the idea that he realized the importance of his position. General Jackson and James Buchanan were his ideals of patriotism and political eminence. In an interview I had with him in July, 1833,I praised his horses, of which he had a number of beautiful thoroughbreds, and he actually, for a time, entertained the idea of giving me a commission as a justice of the peace, but on second thought, hearing that I was politically a " dyed-in-the-wool " Whig, he changed his mind, and then the commission never reached me. Governor Porter was rapidly advancing in the kind and favorable opinion of the people of the Territory when he died suddenly, July 6th, 1834. His wife, a lady of great excellence of character, of winning manners, of fine personal appearance, will always be kindly remembered by those who were fortunate in having made her acquaintance.

BIOGRAPHICAL REMINISCENCES.


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