- Henry Kirke Porter
name = Henry Kirke Porter
birth_date = birth date|1840|11|24|mf=y
Concord, New Hampshire
death_date = death date and age|1921|4|10|1840|11|24|mf=y
Porter was born in
Concord, New Hampshire. In 1860, he graduated from Brown Universityin Providence, Rhode Island. He also helped found the YMCAthat year. He attended the Newton Theological Seminaryin Newton Center, Massachusetts.
In 1862, he enlisted in the 45th Regiment,
Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, and was mustered out in July 1863.
He continued his theological training at the
Rochester Theological Seminaryin Rochester, New York, but in 1866 he was given a gift of $20,000 by his father, which changed the course of his life.
He invested that money with a partner,
John Y. Smith, and formed the Smith & Porter Machine works. They opened a small shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which grew to become H. K. Porter, Inc. Porter served as president of the company.
He was President of the Pittsburgh YMCA from 1868 - 1887, and was President of the
Western Pennsylvania Institute for the Blindin 1904. He served in the United States House of Representativesin the 58th United States Congressfrom 1903 - 1905 as an Independent Republican.
He continued as President of H. K. Porter, Inc. until his death at age 81 in
Washington, DC, and was buried in the Allegheny Cemeteryin Pittsburgh.
* [http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/porter4.html The Political Graveyard]
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