Biography of Dr. Hanly Potter, M. D.


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Potter, Hanly, M. D. -In his book containing a history of the Potter family, Charles Edward Potter goes back in his research to the time of William the Conqueror. We venture the assertion there are few, if any, similar works presenting such an array of names prominent in every department of life from the earliest down to the present time. In our day, and within the memory of most of us, there may be mentioned the Rev. Dr. Henry C. Potter, D.D., LL.D., Protestant Episcopal bishop of New York, and his brother, Rev. Dr. Potter, late president of Hobart (now Union) College of Schenectady. Within the domain of medicine and surgery may be mentioned the late Dr. Hazzard Potter of Geneva, who became famous in both this and European countries for his matchless skill in surgery. Among the representatives of this family now living in Jefferson county is Dr. Hanly Potter of Lafargeville, one of the oldest practitioners in Orleans township. Dr. Potter, who was born in Gananoque, Canada, in 1839, conies from good old medical stock. His father was a physician and surgeon of note in Canada and New York, while his brother William was no less distinguished in the profession. Dr. Potter, after finishing the study of medicine, began practice at Lamott, Iowa, and continued at that place until 1869, when he removed to Clayton. In 1870 he removed to Lafargeville, where he enjoys an extensive practice. In 1861 he married Sarah Miller of Consecon, Canada, and four children have been born to them: Gussie, Dr. George A. of Cape Vincent, N.Y., Will and Ethel. When not attending to his professional duties Dr. Potter can always be found at his pretty home on Main street, a place where he enjoys the pleasures of the domestic side of life when freed from that of the professional. Dr. Potter is a Mason and member of Lafargeyule Lodge No. 171.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898