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  Contrarian Congressman Charles O. Porter, 86
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News DateSaturday, January 7, 2006 05:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionCharles O. Porter, 86, an Oregon Democrat who served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and then spent decades working as a lawyer to fight for his beliefs, died Jan. 1 in Eugene, Ore. He had Alzheimer's disease.

A member of Congress from 1957 to 1961, Rep. Porter endorsed several unpopular ideas, including admitting China to the United Nations and trading with China in nonstrategic materials. He also backed disarmament and called for a halt to nuclear testing.

In 1958, after Rep. Porter was warmly welcomed in Venezuela, the Roseburg (Ore.) News-Review wrote that "Porter's speeches sound as if they were made by Khrushchev."
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