Biography of Harry L. Potter
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Potter, Harry L., was born in Boston, Mass., October 30, 1868. His father was Zebedee D. Potter, who died when Harry L. was but four years old, and his mother, Lorane (Dewherst) Potter, died a year later. After the death of his parents he was sent to live with an aunt, Ruth S. Potter, who sent him to the Wesleyan Academy at Wilbraham, and while there he gave promise of the splendid brilliancy which marked his course at East Greenwich Academy, from which he was graduated June 7, 1886. After graduation he returned to Westport and entered the employ of Jonathan Hicks at Gifford's Corners, who was engaged in the grocery business, and remained with him for four years in a subordinate position. He then entered into partnership with his employer, and for the next two years the firm was known as Hicks & Potter. In 1892 they sold out and engaged in the undertaking business, which they have since conducted with marked success. Mr. Potter is a zealous Republican and has been a faithful supporter of that party during the years following the attainment of his majority. He was elected one of the assessors of the town for a term of three years, but being so much engrossed with business cares he resigned after a service of one year. He has always taken an active interest in Odd Fellowship, being a member of Pacific Lodge No. 123, I. O. O. F., of New Bedford. On March 4, 1896, Mr. Potter married Bertha E., daughter of Fred W. and Mary E. (Borden) Chase, and their home in the village of Westport. where he spends the intervals of a busy life in the companionship of Mrs. Potter and their daughter, Mary B., is one of the pleasantest abodes in the village.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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