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Individual Record -- Baxter, Portus


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

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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


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: Findagrave
College?: NU 24
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Strafford Cemetery, Strafford, VT

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(Library of Congress)

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 States Congress.


Death of Hon. Portus Baxter

A meeting of the citizens of Vermont residing in Washington, called to offer a testimonial of respect to the memory of the late Hon. Portus Baxter, held on Friday evening, March 6th, Rev. J. L. Roberts was appointed chairman, and L. L. Tilden, Secretary.

A committee consisting of L. L. Tilden, D. W. C. Clark, and J. R. Thompson, was appointed to present resolutions appropriate to the occasion, who reported and the meeting adopted the following:

Whereas, It has pleased the Divine Providence to remove from this life Hon. Portus Baxter, late Representative in Congress from the 2d Congressional District of Vermont, we, his personal friends, citizens of Vermont, temporarily residing in Washington, adopt the following resolutions as an expression of our respect for his character; of our love for him as a friend, and of our sense of personal loss by his death.
Resolved, That as a member of Congress He was characterized by a faithful, conscientious, earnest devotion to the interest of the country; while his constituents ever found him a willing servant and a zealous friend.
Resolved, That we gratefully remember his unwearied labors during the war in hospital, camp and field, to relieve the sick and wounded soldiers; the constant exercise of the influence of his position, and the generous use of h s private means to promote their comfort.
Resolved, That in his social relations, his amiable character, his disinterested benevolence, his ever cheerful spirit, and his active and unselfish devotion to the interests of his friends, endeared him to to all who enjoyed his acquaintance; and that we share in their bereavement o f his afflicted family, and we are painfully saddened by his sudden death.
Resolved, That as a further testimonial of our respect for the character of Mr. Baxter, and of our sincere regret for his death, we will in a body attend his funeral on Sunday, and that a copy of these resolutions be transmitted to his afflicted family.

The meeting was addressed by Senator Morrill, Representatives Smith and Poland, and Messrs. P. T. McClain, J. I. Roberts, Gen. D. W. C. Clarke and J. R. Thompson.

Source: Vermont Journal, March 21, 1868.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.