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Memorable Manitobans: James Porter (1852-1922)


Born in Halton County, Ontario on 28 January 1852, he came to Winnipeg in 1881, where he founded the wholesale china and cutlery business of Porter and Company. He was married to Lydia Porter (1854-?). They had three children: Frederick C. Porter (1878-?), Mary Porter (1880-?, Mrs. F. J. Irwin), and Graham Porter (1886-?). He was a founding member of the Carleton Club. He died at Winnipeg on 14 March 1922 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“James Porter, pioneer china merchant, dies,” newspaper clipping. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 October 2021

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