He served as member of the New York State Assembly in 1852. From 1857 to 1869 Hutchins was a member of the Central Park board of commissioners. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1867.
Hutchins was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Alexander Smith. He was reelected to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses and served from November 4, 1879 to March 3, 1885. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1884 and resumed the practice of law in New York City.
In 1887, Hutchins was again appointed to New York City's Central Park Commission. He served until his death in New York City on February 8, 1891. He was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.
Hutchins was married to Elizabeth Ellsworth, the daughter of William Wolcott Ellsworth and granddaughter of Oliver Ellsworth. They were the parents of four children -- Julia Sterling (1855-1930), Augustus Schell (1856-1948), Waldo (1858-1933), and William Ellsworth (1861-1916).
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|United States House of Representatives|
Clarkson Nott Potter
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th congressional district
November 4, 1879 – March 3, 1885
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