Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Pory, John

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PORY, John, pioneer, b. in England about 1570; d. in London in Sept., 1635. He was educated at Cambridge, and in 1612 was a resident of Paris. During 1619-'21 he was secretary of the Virginia colony, and he was elected speaker of the first representative assembly that was ever held in this country, which convened in Jamestown on 30 July, 1619. He visited Plymouth, Mass., shortly after its settlement by the Pilgrims from Leyden, but in 1623 returned to Virginia as one of the commissioners to inquire into the condition of affairs. He assisted Hakluyt in his geographical work, and was considered a man of great learning. His account of excursions among the Indians is given in Smith's “Generall Historie,” and he translated and published “A Geographical Historie of Africa by John Leo, a More, borne in Granada and brought up in Barbarie” (London, 1600).