Skip to main content
Please contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections for assistance with accessing these materials.

Horace Porter - Mrs. Osborn Collection

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS348

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

The Horace Porter - Mrs. Osborn Collection consists of correspondence written by Horace Porter to a Mrs. Osborn between the years 1906 and 1917. In addition to the ten letters, the collection contains the New York Times obituary of Horace Porter.


  • 1906 - 1917

Collection-level Access Restrictions

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Biographical note

Horace Porter was born on April 15, 1837 in Huntingdon, PA to David Rittenhouse Porter and Josephine McDermett. After a year at Harvard University, he entered the United States Military Academy in 1855 and graduated in 1860. He served as an officer of the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War, for which he was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

In December 1863 Porter married Sophie McHarg. A year later, he was appointed aide-de-camp to General Ulysses S. Grant and held the position for the rest of the war. When Grant was elected president, Porter was made one of his military secretaries but resigned on December 1, 1872. He then became a local representative and vice-president of the Pullman Company in New York. In 1897, Porter was appointed US ambassador to France and was instrumental in dispelling hostility toward the US. He resigned in 1905, and after completing his search for the body of John Paul Jones later that year, he returned to the US. He was a delegate to the Hague Conference in 1907 and became the president of the Navy League in 1909. Porter died at his home in New York on May 29, 1921.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Horace Porter - Mrs. Osborn Collection
Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057