Alexander Porter (June 24, 1785 – January 13, 1844) was an attorney, politician, and planter, who served as United States Senator from Louisiana from 1833 to 1837. Born in Ireland, he emigrated in 1801 at the age of 16 to the United States. He served a term in the statehouse from 1816 to 1818, and as a state Supreme Court justice from 1821 to 1833.
|U.S. Senator from Louisiana|
December 19, 1833 – January 5, 1837
March 4, 1843 – January 13, 1844[a]
|Preceded by||Josiah S. Johnston, Charles Magill Conrad|
|Succeeded by||Alexandre Mouton, Henry Johnson|
|Associate Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court|
|Preceded by||Pierre Derbigny|
|Succeeded by||Henry A. Bullard|
|Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives|
|Born||June 24, 1785|
County Donegal, Ireland
|Died||January 13, 1844 (aged 58)|
St. Mary Parish, Louisiana
|Political party||National Republican|
|Alma mater||Clemenceau College|
|Profession||Politician, lawyer, judge, planter|
Born in County Donegal, Ireland, Alexander Porter immigrated to the U.S. in 1801 with an uncle, who settled in Nashville, Tennessee. He received a limited schooling, but attended the now-defunct Clemenceau College. He "read the law" as an apprentice and was admitted to the bar in 1807.
In 1807, he commenced practice in Attakapas Parish, Territory of Orleans. (In 1811, the area around Franklin, Louisiana, became St. Mary Parish.) Porter was a delegate to the convention which framed the first Constitution of Louisiana in 1812. He was elected as a member of the lower branch of the Louisiana Legislature from 1816 to 1818.
Alexander Porter served as a Louisiana Supreme Court justice from 1821 to 1833. In 1833, he was selected as a Whig to the United States Senate by the state legislature, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Josiah S. Johnston. Porter served from December 19, 1833, until January 5, 1837, when he resigned due to ill health.
Porter returned to St. Mary Parish to practice law and manage his plantation, Oaklawn. He was again chosen by the legislature for the U.S. Senate, for the term beginning March 4, 1843; but he did not take his seat due to poor health. The legislature elected Henry Johnson, former governor of the state, to replace him.
- Was elected by the Louisiana Legislature to serve in the Senate for the term beginning March 4, 1843. Was unable to take his seat due to ill health, and never presented credentials to qualify for the seat. The Senate does not consider him to have served as Senator during this time, and lists a seat vacancy from March 4, 1843 to February 12, 1844.
- United States Congress. "Alexander Porter (id: P000436)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Alexander Porter at Find a Grave