James Porter (Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge)
- William Archer Porter, a lawyer and educationist who served as the Principal of Government Arts College, Kumbakonam and tutor and secretary to the Maharaja of Mysore;
- Jane Bailie Porter, who married Alexander Crum Brown, the Scottish organic chemist;
- Margaret Archer Porter, who married Peter Tait, the physicist.
Porter taught mathematics at Liverpool College 1851–55, and was ordained deacon in 1853 and priest in 1856.
He was to spend the rest of his career at Peterhouse. He was appointed Fellow in 1853; Dean in 1856; Bursar in 1861; Assistant Tutor in 1863; Tutor 1866–76; and Master 1876–1900. He also served as Senior proctor in 1868–69 and 1876–77; Vicar of Cherry Hinton 1880–82; and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge 1881–84.
"He was endowed with a great activity both mental and physical, which found expression on the one hand in a keen participation in athletic sports, and on the other in whole-hearted efforts to promote the highest interests of the University." In Dr T. A. Walker's History of Peterhouse (1906) the Rev. James Porter is described as a “man of notable business qualifications and of a rare generosity of spirit.”
- The Master Of Peterhouse The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Oct 03, 1900; pg. 4; Issue 36263
- National Archives
- "Porter, James". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 1897–1916 (1 December 2007 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 1 August 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
- "Porter, James (PRTR847J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Look & Learn
- University web-site
- Knott, Cargill Gilston (1911). Life and Scientific Work of Peter Guthrie Tait. Cambridge University Press. p. 14.
- Walker, Thomas Alfred (1906). Peterhouse. London: Hutchinson & Co. p. 187.
Henry Wilkinson Cookson
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