- Louise L. Stevenson
Porter, Noah (14 December 1811–04 March 1892), minister, college professor and president, and philosopher, was born in Farmington, Connecticut, the son of Noah Porter, minister of the town’s Congregational church, and Mehetabel Meigs, who raised six other children, including Sarah Porter, founder of a famous boarding school, and Samuel Porter, an educator of the deaf. Porter prepared for college at the Farmington Academy and then entered his father’s alma mater, Yale College, at the age of sixteen. He graduated in 1831. Two events during Porter’s college years shaped his search for a vocation. He read Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ...