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Henry Dwight Porter

Excerpt from: The Beloit Alumnus (November 1916)

     Henry Dwight Porter was born at Green Bay, Wisconsin, August 19th, 1845, and died at his home, La Mesa, Cal., October 23rd, 1916. His father was a pioneer minister in the Territory of Wisconsin and his youth was spent on the frontier. Here early in life he began to exhibit those qualities of purpose, of courage, of sincerity, which characterized his later years. He was one of the 100 day volunteers of Beloit at the time of the Civil war. He graduated from Beloit in 1867 and then pursued a combined theological and medical training at Yale University. With this unusual equipment, in company with his classmate, Arthur H. Smith, he entered upon his life work in China. For over a quarter of a century gave this land unstinted and never-failing service. His work as a physician was a revelation to the Chinese and it did much to pave the way for a free enterance of the gospel into the minds and hearts of the people. In many ways his life was one of hardship and self sacrifice. He continually overtaxed his strength in attempting to care for the multitudes who sought his aid and attention in dispensary and hospital.

     At the time of the Boxer rebellion he and his associates were placed in extreme peril, though they remained at their post until warned that they must come to Pekin. Under the protection afforded them by the late Yuan Shi Kai they left their station at Pang Chuang just on the eve of the terrible outbreak.

     The severe strain of these anxious months undermined his strength and he was never again a well man.

     These last sixteen years of patient suffering were a revelation to his friends, his fortitude, his cherriness, his keenness of mind were never more strikingly shown.

     The writer was in the home for a few hours one summer afternoon last year. Those hours with Dr. Porter form one of the ineradicable memories of life.

     In his death the College loses a distinguished and loyal son.

     Mrs. Porter, daughter of the late President Chapin, and four sons are the surviving members of the family.

Examples of Archives Holdings:
       - Articles about
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       - Chinese pamphlets
       - Letters about Henry Porter
       - Pamphlets in English