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Term: Porlier, Jacques 1765 - 1839

Definition:

fur trader, judge, b. Montreal, Canada. He was educated in a Jesuit seminary in Montreal. In 1791 he moved to Green Bay, where he clerked for a time in the store of Pierre Grignon (q.v.) and tutored the Grignon children. He soon entered the Indian trade, and, with various partners, spent the next several years trading in the St. Croix and upper Mississippi River region. From 1798 to 1805, Porlier, in partnership with Noel Rocheblave, competed seriously with Jacob Franks (q.v.) and Robert Dickson (q.v.) in the struggle for control of the northwestern Wisconsin fur trade. On the death of his partner in 1805, Porlier joined forces with Robert Dickson's fur company, and in 1806 followed that company into its merger with the Michilimackinac Co. In 1811 Porlier purchased shares in John J. Astor's newly organized Southwest Fur Co., thus beginning an association that eventually led to his financial ruin. During the War of 1812, Porlier fought with the British; following the war he continued to trade in Wisconsin, despite the decline of the fur trade in the area, the growing power of the Astor interests, and the government licensing system, which was disadvantageous to non- American citizens. Porlier, like most of the Green Bay traders, grew ever deeper in debt to the Astor interests, and in 1821 yielded to the suggestions of the American Fur Co. and helped organize the Green Bay Co. This company, designed to monopolize the fur trade of Wisconsin, and presumably to facilitate debt payments to Astor, in reality drove the traders even deeper into debt. Eventually unable to pay, Porlier lost most of his Green Bay lands to Astor. He had become an American citizen in 1821, and continued to live in Green Bay until his death. From 1820 until Wisconsin became a territory in 1836 Porlier served by appointment as chief justice of the Brown County Court. Colls. State Hist. Soc. Wis., 7 (1876), 19 (1910), 20 (1911); K. W. Porter, J. J. Astor (2 vols., Cambridge, 1931); WPA MS; J. Porlier Papers.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Jacques Porlier Papers for details.

View the narrative of Louis Porlier, son of Jacques, at Wisconsin Historical Collections.

View newspaper clippings at Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

114 records found

Pabst, Frederick 1836 - 1904
Pabst, Gustave G. 1866 - 1943
Pabst, Norman W. 1905 - 1989
Pabst, Richard E. 1933
Packard, Wesley L. 1918
Padway, Joseph Arthur 1891 - 1947
Paeschke, Charles August 1857 - 1935
Paine, Byron 1827 - 1871
Paine, Col. Halbert E. (1826-1905)
Paine, Edward Lathrop 1801 - 1893
Palmer, Henry 1827 - 1895
Palmer, Henry L. 1819 - 1909
Palmer, William Fink 1855 - 1933
Panys
Panzer, Frank E. 1890
Panzer, Mary E. 1951
Paquette, Pierre 1799? - 1836
Park, Byron Beach 1858 - 1939
Park, Roswell 1807 - 1869
Parker, George Safford 1863 - 1937
Parkhurst, Helen 1887 - 1973
Parkin, John 1918
Parkinson, Daniel Morgan 1790 - 1868
Parys, Ronald G. 1938
Patton, James Edward 1832 - 1904
Patzer, Conrad E. 1862 - 1932
Paul, George Howard 1826 - 1890
Paul, Les 1915 - 2009
Paulson, David E. 1931
Paxson, Frederick Logan 1877 - 1948
Payne, Henry Clay 1843 - 1904
Peabody, Arthur 1858 - 1942
Peavey [Peavy], Hubert Haskell 1881 - 1937
Peck, George Wilbur 1840 - 1916
Peck, Roseline [Willard] [Mrs. Eben Peck) 1808 - 1
Peckham, Elizabeth Maria Gifford 1854 - 1940
Peckham, Elizabeth ["Lila"] 1843 - 1871
Peckham, George Williams 1845 - 1914
Pelecky, Stan T. 1934
Pellant, Howard F. 1911
Peloquin, Bruce S. 1936
Pennings, Bernard Henry 1861 - 1955
Peorias
Pepikokias
Perala, Reino A. 1915
Percival, James Gates 1795 - 1856
Perrot, Nicolas 1644 - 1717
Perry, Melvin Withington 1864 - 1951
Petak, George 1949
Peter, George 1859 - 1950
Peterson, Francis L. 1904
Peterson, James D.H. 1894
Peterson, Merlin J. 1901
Peterson, Richard E. 1920
Petri, Thomas E. 1940
Petrowski, Jerry 1950
Pettis, Mark L. 1950
Petuns
Pfister, Charles [Frederick] 1859 - 1927
Pfister, Guido 1818 - 1889
Philipp, Emanuel Lorenz 1861 - 1925
Phillips, Vel 1924
Piankeshaws
Pickard, Josiah Little 1824 - 1914
Pier, Kate [Hamilton] 1845 - 1925
Pierce, Solon Wesley 1831 - 1903
Pinney, Silas U. 1833 - 1899
Pious, Lois 1938
Pitt, Yvonne (Yvonnie, Vonnie) Jean b. 1928-
Plache, Kimberly M. 1961
Plale, Jeffrey T. 1968
Plankinton, John 1820 - 1891
Plantz, Samuel 1859 - 1924
Plewa, John R. 1945
Plombon, David 1961
Plouff, Joe 1950
Pocan, Mark 1964
Poles in Wisconsin
Pomeroy, Marcus Mills ["Brick"] 1833 - 1896
Pommerening, Glen E. 1927
Pond, James Burton 1838 - 1903
Pontiac, Ottawa Chief, 1720?-1769
Pope-Roberts, Sondy 1950
Poplawski, Stephen J. 1885 - 1956
Porlier, Jacques 1765 - 1839
Porter, Cloyd A. 1935
Potawatomi Indians
Potter, Calvin 1945
Potter, John Fox 1817 - 1899
Potter, John M. 1924
Potter, Rosemary 1952
Pound, Thaddeus Coleman 1833 - 1914
Powell, David Franklin ["White Beaver"] 1847 - 190
Power, Frederick Belding 1853 - 1927
Powers, Mike 1962
Pratt, Morris (1820-1902)
Presbyterians in Wisconsin
Preus, Adolph Carl 1814 - 1878
Preus, Herman Amberg 1825 - 1894
Price, William Thompson 1824 - 1886
Priebe, Kenneth E. 1912
Pritchard, John 1884
Pritzlaff, Fred C. 1861 - 1931
Pritzlaff, John 1820 - 1900
Prophet, The (Shawnee), 1768-1834
Prophet, The (Winnebago)
Prosser, Jr., David T. 1942
Protheroe, Daniel 1866 - 1934
Prown, Katherine Hemple 1963 -
Proxmire, William 1915-
Puelicher, John Huegin 1869 - 1935
Puerto Ricans in Wisconsin
Purdy, William T. 1882 - 1918
Putnam, Henry Cleveland 1832 - 1912

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