Historic Markers Across Tennessee



James Davis Porter



Marker ID: THC 4A 15
Location: Paris City Cemetery, East Ruff Street, Paris, TN
County: Henry
Coordinates: N 36° 18.209    W 088° 19.397
  36.30348333    -88.32328333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
 



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James Davis Porter


Born near here Dec. 17,1828. Member, General Assembly of 1859, later served the Confederacy as Chief of Staff to Gen. B.P. Cheatham. Member, Constitutional Convention of 1870. Governor, 1875-79; president N.C. & St. L. RR, 1880-1884. Assistant Secretary of State, 1885; Minister to Chile, 1892; later president of Peabody College, chancellor of the University of Nashville and president of the Tennessee Historical Society. He died May 18, 1912, and is buried in the City Cemetery.
Tennessee Historical Commission.