John William Potter

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John William Potter (October 25, 1918 – October 3, 2013) was a United States federal judge.


Born in Toledo, Ohio, Potter received a Ph.B. from the University of Toledo in 1940 and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1946. He joined the United States Army Reserve, serving from 1946 to 1951. Potter was in private practice in Toledo from 1947 to 1969. He was mayor of Toledo from 1961 to 1967. He was an assistant state attorney general of Ohio from 1968 to 1969, and was then a judge on the Ohio Sixth District Courts of Appeals until 1982.

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On May 5, 1982, Potter was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio vacated by William Kernahan Thomas. Potter was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 18, 1982, and received his commission on June 21, 1982. He assumed senior status on August 1, 1992.