James Tank Porter
(1883 - 1962)
James Tank Porter was active/lived in California / China. James Porter is known for portrait bust and memorial sculpture.
Biography James Tank Porter
James Tank Porter*
b. Tientsin, China October 17, 1883 ?d. La Mesa, California March 13,1962
The son of medical missionaries Dr. Henry Dwight Porter and Elizabeth Chapin Porter, James and his family fled China at the time of the Boxer Rebellion. In 1899, he entered Beloit College Academy in Wisconsin, which his grandfather, Aaron Lucius Chapin, had helped found. One of James Porter’s teachers there was Theodore Lyman Wright, and later Porter carved a marble bust of Wright for the school.
While at Beloit, a football injury developed into a bone disease which resulted in the loss of one foot. The family moved to La Mesa in 1904, purchasing the Major Henry Roach house and ten acres of citrus groves. They christened the place P
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