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Site of the Home of Peter A. Porter, Elizabeth Porter, and Josephine Porter

UGRR Sites » Site of the Home of Peter A. Porter, Elizabeth Porter, and Josephine Porter


img porter houseThe Porters were one of the first European American families to own land within the Niagara Frontier, and would go on to become major land speculators throughout the region. Elizabeth Porter and her brother Peter A. Porter became major benefactors for African Americans in Niagara Falls. In a dramatic incident in 1861, they helped a young woman named Cassey escape from slave-catchers. Although both his wives came from southern slaveholding families, Peter A. Porter served as colonel of the Eighth Heavy Artillery during the Civil War, facing Confederate troops led by his cousin at Cold Harbor in 1864, where he lost his life.

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