Edward Tuckerman Potter

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Edward Tuckerman Potter
Born(1831-09-25)September 25, 1831
DiedDecember 21, 1904(1904-12-21) (aged 73)
Alma materUnion College
ChildrenJulian Potter
Parent(s)Alonzo Potter
Sarah Nott Potter
RelativesHoward Potter (brother)
Robert Potter (brother)
Clarkson Potter (brother)
Henry Potter (brother)
William Potter (brother)
Eliphalet Nott (grandfather)

Edward Tuckerman Potter (September 25, 1831 – December 21, 1904) was an American architect best known for designing the 1871 Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut. With his half-brother William Appleton Potter, he also designed Nott Memorial Hall (1858–79) at his alma mater, Union College, Schenectady, New York. Both the Mark Twain House and Nott Memorial Hall are National Historic Landmarks.[1]

Early life[edit]

Potter was born in Schenectady, New York on September 25, 1831. He was the son of Bishop Alonzo Potter and, his first wife, Sarah (née Nott) Potter.[2] Among his sibling and half-siblings were Howard Potter, a New York City banker; Robert Brown Potter, a General in the American Civil War;[3] Democratic U.S. Representative Clarkson Nott Potter;[4] Henry Codman Potter, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York; Eliphalet Nott Potter, who served as President of Union College and Hobart College; and William Appleton Potter, also an architect who designed the Church of the Presidents in Elberon, New Jersey.[5][6]

His paternal grandparents were Anna and Joseph Potter, a farmer. His uncle, Horatio Potter, served as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.[7][8] His maternal grandfather was Eliphalet Nott, the longest serving college president in the United States.[2]

He graduated from Union College in 1853 and studied architecture under prominent architect Richard M. Upjohn.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Potter was married to Julia Maria Blatchford (1834–1922), the daughter of U.S. Minister to the State of the Church Richard Milford Blatchford and Julian Ann (née Mumford) Blatchford.[10] Together, they lived much of their married life abroad in London and Paris and after his retirement, they spent most of their time in Newport, Rhode Island.[10] Julia and Edward were the parents of:[10]

  • Julian Potter (1858–1913),[11] who married actress Alice Berenice Pixley, the sister of fellow actress Annie Pixley.[12]
  • Ethelinda Potter (1860–1949)
  • Edward Clarkson Potter (1862–1950), who married Emily Blanche Havemeyer (b. 1865), a daughter of Theodore Havemeyer.[6]
  • Robert Francis Potter (1864–1930)
  • Richard Milford Blatchford Potter (1869–1901)
  • Louisa Millicent Potter (b. 1872), who married Earl Sheffield in 1902.[13] She later married architect William Adams Delano (1874–1960) in 1907.[14]
  • Julia Selden Potter (b. 1875)

Potter died at his home, 67 West 52nd Street in New York, New York on December 21, 1904.[9]


Mark Twain House, Hartford, Connecticut

Buildings designed by Potter which both survive and are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places include:[15]



  1. ^ Austin N. O'Brien (June 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-12-24.
  2. ^ a b Smith, Henry Townsend (1913). Manual of Westchester County: Past and Present. H. T. Smith. pp. 64–65. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  3. ^ "CLARKSON N. POTTER'S SUMMER RESIDENCE" (PDF). The New York Times. March 7, 1882. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  4. ^ "OBITUARY | CLARKSON N. POTTER" (PDF). The New York Times. January 24, 1882. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  5. ^  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Potter, Henry Codman" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  6. ^ a b Kiger, Phebe Brooks (1976). The Genealogy and History of the Brooks and related families. Kiger. p. 36. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  7. ^ Stevens 1866, p. 6.
  8. ^ Howe 1871, p. 15.
  9. ^ a b "EDWARD T. POTTER DIES | Brother of Bishop Potter and Noted Church Architect". The New York Times. 22 December 1904. p. 9. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  10. ^ a b c "EDWARD T. POTTER DEAD | Brother of the Bishop and an Architect and Musician of Note". The Sun. 22 December 1904. p. 3. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Julian Potter Dead" (PDF). The New York Times. August 14, 1913. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  12. ^ "THE MARRIAGE OF JULIAN POTTER His Bride, Alice Bernise Pixley, May Return to the Stage" (PDF). The New York Times. December 11, 1894. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  13. ^ "SHEFFIELD-POTTER WEDDING. First Society Function of Its Kind of the Newport Season Largely Attended" (PDF). The New York Times. April 20, 1902. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  14. ^ Winburn, La Moitte-teunissonjay Te (10 September 1939). "Miss Dorothea Frances Lehmann Engaged To Marry William Richard Potter Delano; Granddaughter of Mrs. Charles S. Guthrie and Alumna Of Foxhollow to Be Wed in October Ferguson--Lennig". The New York Times.
  15. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.

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