Biography of Henry H. Potter
Madison County, NY Biographies





Potter, Henry H., son of Merritt M. and Mary Ann (Root) Potter, was born in Cazenovia, March 25, 1849. His father, who died November 16, 1859, was born near Manlius, January 20, 1807, and for many years carried on farming in the south part of this town. Mr. Potter descends from old New England pioneer families. On the paternal side his grandfather, Benjamin Potter, was one of the earliest settlers of this region, coming from Massachusetts before March. 1793, and settling in Pornpey. He was a native of Dartmouth, Mass., born September 26, 1764, and died in Cazenovia where he was buried October 30, 1851. In his early life he was a sea captain and a soldier in the Revolution. In his later life he was a prosperous farmer, where he lived respected and died regretted. His grandfather, Moses Root, was one of the earliest settlers in this section, coming to Cazenovia from Massachusetts before June, 1793. He was a native of Montague, Mass., born January 2, 1774, and died in Cazenovia, where he was buried, July 5, 1834. He was a man of considerable prominence in his time, a large farmer, and possessed of many fine traits of character. Of the union of Merritt M. and Mary Ann (Root) Potter, seven children were born: Mary A., deceased; Laura E., deceased; Benjamin, deceased; Amy Caroline, deceased; Merritt Sidney of Syracuse; Charles M. of Colorado Springs, Col.; and Henry H. Potter of Cazenovia. The latter was educated at Cazenovia Seminary and learned the carpenter's trade under Christopher Newton of Cazenovia. Mr. Potter has been an extensive building contractor and during the past twenty years has erected most of the finer residences of the village. He has served two years as a village trustee; is a member of Cazenovia Lodge, F. & A. M., and Manlius Chapter, R. A. M.; and a member and clerk of the vestry of St. Peter's Episcopal church. He married, Sep. tember 14, 1872, Anna N. Burns, daughter of Henry Burns of Pitcher, Chenango county, N. Y. One daughter has been born to them: Ethel A. Potter.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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