From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Porter, Jacob M.

(born: 1848) 

Jacob M. Porter was one of the first African Americans to run for political office in Paris, KY; he ran for constable in 1873 [see NKAA entry Early African American Political Candidates, Bourbon County, KY]. With permission, the following entry comes from the unpublished letter written by Mrs. Rogers Bardé, titled "Porter Children." Mrs. Rogers Bardé is a researcher in Bourbon County, KY.

"Jacob M. Porter was born in August 1848 (Census 1900). He married Josie M. Palmer in Bourbon County, Ky on 23 Mar 1871 (Colored Marriage Book, 1, page 56). In 1870, in Bourbon County, Ky he lived with his father and was listed as a grocer, along with his father and brother, Beverly. In the 1900 census he was listed as a bank clerk, and lived in Indianapolis, on California Street. He and his wife Josie had two children; William, born Nov 1873 and Edward, born Apr 1883. In 1900 he owned his own home, without a mortgage. He lived in the same house in 1910 and 1920 (listed in the moving business in both censuses); by 1930 Josie was a widow in the same house, living with their son, who by now was listed as Edgar, instead of Edward; Edgar was listed as single. In the 1930 census Josie was head of the house and a widow, and Carrie V. White was listed as her daughter and a widow. I found Carrie, born Dec 1871, married to Maurice White in the 1900 census in Indianapolis on Market Street, in Center Township. They had no children." 

Jacob M. Porter was the son of Jefferson Porter [see NKAA entries 1, 2, and 3 for more on Jefferson Porter].

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NKAA Entry: Early African American Political Candidates, Bourbon County, KY
NKAA Entry: Porter, Jefferson
NKAA Entry: Porter, Jefferson (2nd entry)
NKAA Entry: Stewart, Logan H.

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NKAA Entry: Bourbon County (KY) Protective Union of Color

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“Porter, Jacob M.,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 24, 2024,

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