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Biography of Horace Porter


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Porter, Horace. Soldier, diplomat. Born in Huntingdon, PA, 1837. Educated at Lawrence Scientific School, Harvard. Graduated at West Point, 1860. Served in field through the Civil War, every commissioned grade up to brigadier-general. Received Congressional Medal of Honor for gallantry at Chickamauga. Private secretary of President U. S. Grant, 1869-73. Became prominent in business; president of several railway corporations, clubs, and patriotic societies. Orator at inauguration of Washington Arch, NY, May 4, 1895, and dedication of Grant's Tomb, NY, April 27, 1897. At inauguration of Rochambeau Statue, Washington, May 24, 1902; at Centennial of West Point Military Academy, June 11, 1902. Decorated with Grand Cross of Legion of Honor by French Government, 1904. Ambassador to France, 1897-1905. Author: "Campaigning with Grant," "West Point Life." Died 1921.