Biography of Henry M. Potter
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HENRY M. POTTER - Connected for almost three decades with the firm of McDougall & Potter Co., Incorporated, of which his father was one of the founders in 1863, Mr. Potter has been vice president and treasurer of this concern since his father's death in 1917. The company is one of the leading establishments in the structural steel and architectural iron business and for a number of years has been located in The Bronx, with its plant and offices at One Hundred and Forty first Street and Rider Avenue. Much of its success and prosperity in recent years is attributable to Mr. Potter's very thorough knowledge of the business, his executive ability and energy. Naturally he is well known amongst builders and architects and is highly regarded and respected for his many fine qualities and for his well established integrity and fairness.

Henry M. Potter was born on West Fifty fifth Street, New York City, October 13, 1889. a son of Roger and Mary (Scott) Potter, the former a native of Scotland. His father was a blacksmith by trade and came to the United States at the age of thirty five years. Three years later he organized, in 1863, together with Henry McDougall, the firm of McDougall & Potter, of which he remained a member until the time of his death in 1917, being survived by his son and by his widow, who is still a resident of New York City. Mr. Potter was educated in Public School No. 69, New York City, and at Powder Point School, Duxbury, Massachusetts, from which he graduated in 1907. He then entered his father's business, which in the meantime had been incorporated in 1895. The business originally located at Twenty fourth Street and Tenth Avenue, Manhattan, was moved from there to West Fifty second Street, later to West Fifty fifth Street and eventually to its present location in The Bronx. In its modern and fully equipped plant it carries on an extensive manufacture of structural steel and architectural iron, Mr. Potter being vice president and treasurer and Mr. J. M. Piper, president. Being connected with one of the essential industries, he was not permitted to engage in active military service during the World War, but nevertheless did helpful work in his particular field.

Mr. Potter married in New York City, October 22, 1917, Loretta Foley, a daughter of Mary and James Foley. Mr. and Mrs. Potter have no children and make their home at No. 305 West Eighty sixth Street, Manhattan.

From:
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927


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