Emery D. Potter

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Emery D. Potter Sr.
Emery D Potter, Sr.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1845
Preceded byWilliam Doan
Succeeded byWilliam Sawyer
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851
Preceded byWilliam Sawyer
Succeeded byAlfred Edgerton
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Lucas County district
In office
December 6, 1847 – December 3, 1848
Preceded byJohn McMahan
Succeeded byFreeborn Potter
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 33rd district
In office
January 5, 1874 – January 6, 1878
Serving with William A. Tressler
P. P. Brown
Preceded byD. W. H. Howard
H. P. Cage
Succeeded byJames B. Steedman
David Joy
7th Mayor of Toledo, Ohio
In office
Preceded byRichard Mott
Succeeded byDaniel O. Morton
Personal details
Born(1804-10-07)October 7, 1804
Providence, Rhode Island
DiedFebruary 12, 1896(1896-02-12) (aged 91)
Toledo, Ohio
Resting placeForest Cemetery, Toledo
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary A. Card
Anna B. Milliken

Emery Davis Potter (October 7, 1804 – February 12, 1896) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Potter attended the district school and the academy in Herkimer County, New York. He studied law in Cooperstown, New York with John Adams Dix, later a senator and governor.[1] He was admitted to the New York State bar at Utica in 1833 and commenced practice in Cooperstown, New York. He moved to Toledo, Ohio, in 1834 and continued the practice of law, opening the first office in that city.[2] He served as judge of the circuit court for the northern counties of Ohio. He served as president judge of the court of common pleas from 1834 to 1843, when he resigned.

Potter was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1845). He was not a candidate for renomination. He served as mayor of Toledo 1846-1848. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1848-1850.

Potter was elected to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851). He served as chairman of the Committee on Post Office and Post Roads (Thirty-first Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination. He resumed the practice of law in Toledo. He declined the appointment of judge of the Territory of Utah in 1858. City solicitor of Toledo in 1861 and 1862. He served as member of the board of education in 1864 and 1865. He served as member of the State senate 1874-1876 and served as president. He retired from active practice in 1880.

He died in Toledo, Ohio, February 12, 1896. He was interred in Forest Cemetery.

Judge Potter was married in 1843 to Mary A Card of Willoughby, Ohio who died in 1847, and left a son, Emery D. Potter, Jr. He later married Anna B. Milliken of Pennsylvania, who had a daughter called Anna Claire Potter.[1] He was six feet two inches tall (1.88 m), and of large frame.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Reed 1897 : 176-177
  2. ^ Knapp 1872 : 285-288
  • United States Congress. "Emery D. Potter (id: P000464)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Reed, George Irving; Randall, Emilius Oviatt; Greve, Charles Theodore, eds. (1897). Bench and Bar of Ohio: a Compendium of History and Biography. 1. Chicago: Century Publishing and Engraving Company. pp. 176–177.
  • Knapp, H S (1872). History of the Maumee Valley: commencing with its occupation by the French in 1680. Toledo. pp. 285–288.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Doan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
William Sawyer
Preceded by
William Sawyer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Alfred Edgerton