Peter B. Porter (1828–1829) - Secretary of War [cite this] ↑John Quincy Adams Home Page Born August 14, 1773, in Salisbury, Connecticut; Peter Buell Porter graduated from Yale in 1791, studied law privately, and was admitted to the bar in 1793. He served as clerk of Ontario County, New York (1797-1804), was elected to New York State Assembly (1802-1809), and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican (1809-1813).Porter was then appointed a canal commissioner in 1811 and served as a major general in the New York Volunteers (1812-1815). He was again elected to Congress (1815-1816), serving simultaneously as the New York secretary of state (1815-1816). Porter ran unsuccessfully for the governorship of New York in 1817 but became regent of the State University of New York from 1824 to 1830. President John Quincy Adams appointed him secretary of war for the final year of his administration (1828-1829). Porter would be a Whig party presidential elector (1840) before dying in Niagara Fall, New York, on March 20, 1844. John Quincy Adams Essays Life in Brief Life Before the Presidency Campaigns and Elections Domestic Affairs Foreign Affairs Life After the Presidency Family Life The American Franchise Impact and Legacy [ print all essays ] John Quincy Adams Home Citation Information Consulting Editor Margaret A. Hogan Ms. Hogan is the managing editor of the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society. She has been the series editor for the Adams Family Correspondence volumes since 2004. American President has changed! Click here to take a short survey and tell us what you think!