S. Porte was born in
February 4, 1891 in Sergeantsville, New Jersey to
John W. Porte and Clara Fowler Porte.
He graduated from Rutgers University, with
and was inducted into the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. After a year
of graduate study he taught science in the Somerville New Jersey High
He then received an appointment to serve
as Junior Pathologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Serving
40 years in this department he retired holding the position of Senior
On August 30, 1916, he married Meredith
Engel Lyon in Washington, D.C. Together they had three children; William Lyon Porte (1918), Esther Meredith
Porte (1920) and Frances Roberta Porte (1924).
After retiring from the Department of
Agriculture, Mr. Porte was active teaching science in the high schools
of Montgomery County, Maryland and was a Fellow and Life member of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also held
membership in the American Pathological Society.
Dr. Porte and his wife were longtime
members of the Washington, D.C., Brethren Church. When he passed away on
December 15, 1976,
his memorial service was held at the church and officiated by pastor,
"Catalogue of Officers and Alumni of Rutgers College: 1766 to 1916,"
Pritchard Tomato - Circular 243," William Solomon Porte, USDA, 1932
Glovel Tomato - Circular 388," William Solomon Porte, USDA, 1936
Pan America Tomato: A New Red Variety Highly Resistant to Fusarium Wilt,"
William Solomon Porte, USDA, 1941
of Interspecific Tomato Hybrids of Horticultural Value and Highly
Resistant to Fusarium Wilt," William Solomon Porte, USDA, 1941
Brethren Evangelist," Vol. 99, No. 1-12, page
Brethren Evangelist," Vol. 96, No. 3, page 20,
January 26, 1974