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Elisha Reynolds Potter (November 5, 1764 – September 26, 1835) was a statesman in the Federalist Party from Kingston, Rhode Island, who served several times as the Speaker in the Rhode Island State Assembly.

Elisha Reynolds Potter
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's at-large district
In office
November 15, 1796 – 1797
Preceded byBenjamin Bourne
Succeeded byChristopher G. Champlin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1809 – March 3, 1815
Preceded byIsaac Wilbour
Succeeded byJames Brown Mason
Personal details
BornNovember 5, 1764
South Kingstown, Rhode Island
DiedSeptember 26, 1835(1835-09-26) (aged 70)
Resting placeColonel Thomas Potter Cemetery
Political partyFederalist
Spouse(s)Mary Potter
ChildrenElisha R. Potter
ResidenceKingston, Rhode Island
OccupationLawyer

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Personal lifeEdit

Elisha Reynolds Potter was born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. He began his career as a blacksmith's apprentice, but switched to the law in 1793.[1] Potter was said to be a very large man; when he traveled by stagecoach, he had to purchase two seats.[1]

CareerEdit

Potter ran against Peleg Arnold in a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1796 caused by Benjamin Bourne's resignation, and Potter won the election. He served as a United States Congressman from 1796 to 1797 and again from 1809 to 1815.[2]

He was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1815.[3]

Potter ran for governor of Rhode Island in 1818,[1] but lost to Nehemiah R. Knight.

His son, also Elisha Reynolds Potter, was also a Congressman.

Elisha Reynolds Potter is buried in Colonel Thomas Potter Cemetery near Kingston, Rhode Island.[4]

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Elisha Reynolds Potter (id: P000463)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

ReferencesEdit

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Benjamin Bourne
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's At-large district

1796—1797
Succeeded by
Christopher G. Champlin
Preceded by
Isaac Wilbour
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's At-large district

1809—1815
Succeeded by
James B. Mason