Elisha Reynolds Potter

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For the son (1811–1882), see Elisha R. Potter.
Elisha Reynolds Potter
Elisha Reynolds Potter 1764-1835.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's at-large district
In office
November 15, 1796 – March 4, 1797
Preceded by Benjamin Bourne
Succeeded by Christopher 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 by Isaac Wilbour
Succeeded by James Brown Mason
Personal details
Born 1764
Died 1835
Political party Federalist
Children Elisha R. Potter
Residence Kingston, Rhode Island
Occupation Lawyer

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

Personal life[edit]

Elisha Reynolds Potter 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]

Career[edit]

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]

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.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Greene, Richard Gleason (1890). The International Cyclopedia: A Compendium of Human Knowledge (Volume 12 ed.). Dodd, Mead. p. 92. 
  2. ^ "Guide to the Elisha Reynolds Potter, Sr. Papers". University of Rhode Island. Retrieved 22 Nov 2011. 
United States 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