Scope and Contents
The collection contains political and congressional papers from 1954–1961. Included are materials on bills introduced in the 85th and 86th U.S. Congresses. The majority of the collection consists of subject files. Porter’s 1954 campaign materials are also included.
- Porter, Charles Orlando, 1919-2006 (Person)
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Conditions Governing Use
Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.
Biographical / Historical
Charles Orlando (C.P.) Porter was born on April 4, 1919 in Klamath Falls, Oregon and spent most of his childhood in Eugene, Oregon where his father, Frank J. Porter, worked as a railroad yardmaster. He attended the Eugene High School and edited a newspaper, which won state and national honors. Upon graduation he attended Northwestern University on scholarship and worked at the same time as a special correspondent for the New York Times. In 1937 a merit scholarship allowed C.P. to transfer to Harvard University from which he graduated cum laude.
In 1941 C.P. was inducted into the U.S. Army. He served during World War II in Europe and in Latin America where he was the first Caribbean correspondent for the Yank, an Army weekly news publication.
Reentering Harvard University as a law student at the end of the war, C.P. completed the three-year law program in two years and received his LL.B. degree in 1947. After working for one year as a law clerk for Judge William Healey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (San Francisco), he was admitted to the Oregon bar in 1948. From 1948 to 1951 C.P. published articles on the courts system in Cincinnati and on surveys by the American Bar Association on the legal profession in the U.S. In 1954 he co-authored the book The American Lawyer, published by the University of Chicago Press.
C.P. returned to Eugene, Oregon in 1951 and with Skelton set up the law firm of Porter and Skelton. Between 1957 and 1961 Charles Porter served as a congressional representative of the fourth district of Oregon.
78.5 linear feet (57 containers)
Language of Materials
Charles Orlando Porter was a lawyer in Oregon and a congressional representative of the fourth district of Oregon from 1957-1961. The collection contains his political and congressional papers from 1954-1961. Included are materials on bills introduced in the 85th and 86th Congresses. The majority of the collection consists of subject files. Porter’s 1954 campaign materials are also included.
Collection is organized into the following series: Bills: history and correspondence; Subject Files; and Addendum.
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This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Correspondence Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Legislators -- Oregon Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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- Oregon Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Political campaigns -- Oregon Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Politics and Politicians Subject Source: Archiveswest
- Porter, Charles Orlando, 1919-2006
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- United States -- Politics and government -- 1953-1961 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States. Congress. House
- Guide to the Charles Orlando Porter papers
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