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 November 5, 1764
Died September 26, 1835(1835-09-26) (aged 70)
Political party Federalist
Children Elisha R. Potter
Residence Kingston, Rhode Island
Occupation Lawyer

Elisha Reynolds Potter (November 5, 1764 – September 26, 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]

He was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1815.[3]

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. 
  3. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory
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