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 James W. Porter  (1863 - 1948)

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Lived/Active: Ohio      Known for: photography, landscape painting

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Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:
The following biographical data was published in the Youngstown Vindicator  newspaper, April 7, 1948


James W. Porter, former Youngstown artist and photographer, died at his home, 1366 Brookline Road, Cleveland, Tuesday night.  He had been ill for about two years. Mr. Porter was aged 85.

Youngstowners will remember Porter, as a tall, gentlemanly appearing fellow with an old-school air and graciousness about him.  He was a good craftsman, and his studio on Spring Street, now part of the Butler Institute property, was the rendezvous of Youngstown artists.

Mr. Porter was one of the founders and the first President of the Buckeye Art Club. Early Youngstowners gleaned a good bit of his culture.  He was an exceptionally fine photographer using his training as an artist as a background for his picture-making. All over Youngstown on mantels are pictures of the city's prominent families and those not so prominent.

To have your picture made by "Jim" Porter was considered something.  He made "portrait studies" of Youngstowners long before most photographers had heard of the word, catching them in a relaxed mood, making them natural.  Photographers from all over the country visited him and studied his methods. His first studio was on West Federal Street. Then he located on Phelps near Wood Street and finally to 39 Spring Street leaving there in 1933 to go to Cleveland.

Only twice in 85 years were Mr. Porter and his twin sister, Mary Porter, separated on their birthdays.  Only last Feb. 19, they were together again, although Mr. Porter was ill.  Miss Porter retired as an obstetrical nurse at 77. The twins were born in Warren and are belived to have been the oldest living twins in Ohio.

After going to Cleveland in 1933, Mr. Porter headed the painting department at the Potter and Mellon Store for several years before retirement.  He never lost interest in photography, though in recent years he had concentrated most of his time on paintings.  He painted landscapes in oil and, up to last winter, continued to work on them. He also was an antique collector long before it was a fad and filled his home with fine china, glass and furniture.

He was a member of the Cleveland Society of Collectors and theSalamagundi Club of New York.




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