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Peter Porter
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Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1773
Date of Death: 1844
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Occupation: Lawyer, Politician
Spouse: Letitia Breckinridge Porter
Affiliations: Democratic-Republican,
Trail of Glory
POD: March 27, 1814
Appearance(s): 1812: The Rivers of War;
1824: The Arkansas War
Type of Appearance: Reference (RoW); Direct (AW)

Peter Buell Porter (1773-1844) was an American lawyer, soldier, and politician. He served as a representative of New York before and after the War of 1812. Concurrently, he served on the Erie Canal Commission, and as the Secretary of State of New York. During the war, he raised a brigade that included Indian troops, and later distinguished himself at the Battle of Chippewa (July, 1814). He served as Secretary of War under President John Quincy Adams from May, 1828 to March, 1829.

Peter Porter in Trail of Glory[]

Peter Porter was a critical political adviser to Henry Clay during the latter's successful bid for the presidency in 1824.

The Battle of Chippewa[]

While Porter had distinguished himself prior to the Battle of Chippewa, his participation in the battle was less than spectacular. Porter commanded Third Brigade, which was composed primarily of militia and Indian allies. On July 5, 1814, Porter's men were engaged by British skirmishers, and soon collapsed. While the Americans carried the day, it was no thanks to Porter's troops.

Porter remembered the battle, and the stalwart way Sgt. Patrick Driscol, part of First Brigade, handled himself. A decade later, Porter warned Henry Clay not to underestimate Driscol, now the Laird of Arkansas Chiefdom.

Political offices
Preceded by
William Kirkpatrick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

from New York's 15th Congressional District
1809 - 1813

Succeeded by
John M. Bowers,
Joel Thompson
Preceded by
Samuel M. Hopkins,
Nathaniel W. Howell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

from New York's 21st Congressional District
1815 - 1816
with Micah Brooks

Succeeded by
Archibald S. Clarke,
Micah Brooks
Preceded by
Jacob R. Van Rensselaer
Secretary of State of New York
1815 - 1816
Succeeded by
Robert L. Tillotson
Preceded by
James Barbour
Secretary of War
1828 - 1829
Succeeded by
John Henry Eaton