PORTER & THOMPSON. David E. PORTER, the senior partner of this law firm, was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 16, 1872, son of Perry and Electa (TRULL) PORTER. Perry PORTER is a veteran of the Civil war, and prominent G. A. R. man and citizen of West Burke. David E. removed to Burke with his father's family in early childhood, and completed his education at St. Johnsbury academy; from which he graduated in the class of 1892. Soon afterwards he began reading law in the office of BATES & MAY, attended the law department of the University of Michigan, from which he graduated and where he was admitted to the bar in 1894; he returned to Vermont and resumed his legal studies with BATES & MAY and was admitted to the bar of Vermont at the October term, 1895. 

      In 1896 he became a partner of the law firm of FARNHAM & PORTER, which continued three years. He was appointed referee in bankruptcy in July, 1898, and reappointed two years later, but resigned December 1, 1900, when he assumed the duties of state's attorney of Caledonia county, a position which he creditably filled for two years. 

      He married, in October, 1902, Miss Amelia WOLFF of New Haven, Connecticut, and they have one child, Isabelle Wolfe PORTER. The firm of PORTER & THOMPSON was formed April 2, 1902, and is centrally located in Republican block, where they occupy a commodious suite of rooms. They have one of the best and most extensive law libraries in northern Vermont, and the prospects of the firm are very good. Both partners are good practical lawyers and have been admitted to practice in the district and circuit courts of the United States. 

      Frank D. THOMPSON, son of Judge L. H. and Eliza (DUTTON) THOMPSON, was born in Irasburg, Vermont, April 9, 1876. He was educated in the public schools of Irasburg, and at St. Johnsbury academy, from which he graduated in 1894. He spent one year in the University of Vermont. He began reading law with Judge W. P. STAFFORD in 1896 and graduated at the Boston university Law school in 1899. He married Mabel A., daughter of Hon. W. W. MILES of Barton. 

Source:  Successful Vermonters, William H. Jeffrey, E. Burke, Vermont, The Historical Publishing Company, 1904,  page 61-62.

Prepared by Tom Dunn