William W. Potter was born at Potters Mills, Pennsylvania. He completed preparatory studies in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1814 and practiced his profession.
Potter was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses and served until his death, before the assembling of the Twenty-sixth Congress, in Bellefonte. Interment in Union Cemetery in Bellefonte.
- United States Congress. "William Wilson Potter (id: P000469)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- The Political Graveyard