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Baxter, Portus

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 0, credited to Brownington, VT
Unit(s): Congressman
Service: Congressman

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VITALS

Birth: 12/04/1806, Brownington, VT
Death: 03/04/1868

Burial: Strafford Cemetery, Strafford, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Hackett
Findagrave Memorial #: 7179942

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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: Findagrave
College?: NU 24
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None

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Strafford Cemetery, Strafford, VT

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Portrait

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Congressional Biography

BAXTER, PORTUS, a Representative from Vermont; born in Brownington, Orleans County, Vt., December 4, 1806; attended the common schools, Norwich Military Academy, and the University of Vermont at Burlington; moved to Derby Line, Orleans County, Vt., in 1828; presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1852 and on the Republican ticket in 1856; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh, Thirty-eighth, and Thirty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1867); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Thirty-eighth Congress); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1866; died in Washington, D.C., March 4, 1868; interment in Strafford Cemetery, Strafford, Orange County, Vt.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United Stated Congress.

Obituary

SUDDEN DEATH OF THE HON. PORTUS BAXTER, OF VERMONT

Wednesday morning, about seven o'clock, the Hon. Portus Baxter, of Vermont, died at his residence, in Washington, of congestion of the lungs. Mr. Baxter was born in Brownington, Orleans county, Vermont, in 1807. Connected with some of the oldest and best families in the State, and a man of great wealth, he always held a prominent and influential position.

He received a liberal education but chose the mercantile as a profession. He was elected to represent the Third District of Vermont in the Twenty-seventh Congress, and served on the Committee of Elections. He was re-elected to the Thirty-eighth Congress, serving on the same Committee, and on the Committee of Expenditures in the Navy Department. In 1857 he was a Presidential elector.

Source: The Progress Index (Petersburg, VA), March 7, 1868
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.

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