Elisha R. Potter

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Elisha Reynolds Potter, Jr.
Elisha Reynolds Potter, Jr. (Rhode Island Judge and Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1845
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by Lemuel H. Arnold
Member of the Rhode Island Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1811-06-20)June 20, 1811
Kingston, Rhode Island
Died April 10, 1882(1882-04-10) (aged 70)
Kingston, Rhode Island
Resting place Colonel Thomas Potter Cemetery in South Kingstown
Political party Law and Order
Parents Elisha Reynolds Potter
Residence Kingston, Rhode Island
Occupation Lawyer

Elisha Reynolds Potter (June 20, 1811 – April 10, 1882) was a politician and jurist from Kingston, Rhode Island. He was a justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and served one term in the United States House of Representatives.


Elisha Reynolds Potter, Jr. was born in Little Rest (now Kingston), Rhode Island on June 20, 1811. His father Elisha Reynolds Potter, Sr. was a lawyer who served in Congress.

He attended Kingston Academy and graduated from Harvard University in 1830. He studied law while teaching school, was admitted to the bar in 1832 and practiced in South Kingstown Township.

From 1835 to 1836 Potter was adjutant general of the state militia. He served in the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1838 to 1840. He was a delegate to the state constitutional convention of 1841 to 1842.

In 1842 Potter was elected as a Law and Order Party candidate to the Twenty-eighth Congress, and he served one term, March 4, 1843 to March 3, 1845. During his term he was Chairman of the Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1844 to the Twenty-ninth Congress.

Potter served in the Rhode Island State Senate from 1847 to 1852, and again from 1861 to 1863. He was the state commissioner of public schools from 1849 to 1854.

In 1868 Potter became an associate justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and he served until his death.

He died in Kingston on April 10, 1882 and was buried in the Colonel Thomas Potter Cemetery in South Kingstown.[1]

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
District created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Lemuel H. Arnold