Edmund Porter was born in Lower Norfolk County, VA., punished for being in Cary’s Rebellion, left North Carolina and returned to hold numerous posts in the NC government. In 1725, he was named Judge of the NC Admiralty Court and was elected to represent Chowan County in the Assembly. Porter got caught up in rancorous politics and fell in and out of grace with the different NC Governors. In 1733, Porter was elected to the Lower House from Chowan County and in 1734 returned to the NC Council. Porter died suddenly in late 1737.