Rev. William Salter Porter, a Presbyterian clergyman, was born in Apalachicola, Florida, the sixth of seven children of Richard Gibbs Porter and Mary Tibbits Salter.
He was married in 1895 to Effie Amanda Walker. Their ten children were: Mary Salter, Reuben Walker, Leila Carolyn, Richard Gibbs, William Salter Jr., Julia Adeline, Gilbert Rodman, Helen Elizabeth, Thomas Francis, and Roswell King Porter.
According to his obituary he attended Media Academy, Media, Pennsylvania and Princeton Seminary for his theological course and graduated in 1891. He was installed pastor of the Waycross and St. Mary's churches in 1892 then after two years left Georgia and served in churches in Florida until ill health necessitated giving up the work he loved.
He retired and moved to Washington, Georgia to live with his son Rev. W. S. Porter, Jr., who was pastor of the church of that place. He died there after an illness of two and a half months.
Portrait/carte de visite - A.K.P. Trask, Philadelphia, PA