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

Porter, Arthur D., Sr.

(born: 1877  -  died: 1942) 

Porter was born in Bowling Green, KY, the son of Fannie Allen Porter and Woodford Porter, according to his death certificate. He was the owner of the A. D. Porter & Sons Funeral Home in Louisville, KY, which was founded in 1907. He had moved to Louisville to attend Central High School. In 1921, Porter became the first African American to run for mayor; he ran as a member of the Lincoln Independent Party. He was the husband of Imogene Porter, and the father of Woodford R. Porter Sr. According to the U.S. Federal Census, the family lived on South Fifteenth Street in Louisville in 1910, and on Chestnut Street in 1920. For more see The Encyclopedia of Louisville, J. E. Kleber, ed.; and Life Behind a Veil, by G. C. Wright.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Entry: Louisville Central High School/Central High School Magnet Career Academy
NKAA Entry: Porter, Woodford Roy, Sr.
NKAA Source: Encyclopedia of Louisville
NKAA Source: Life behind a veil : Blacks in Louisville, Kentucky, 1865-1930

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