Biography of Darius E. Potter
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Potter, Darius E., was born in Brandon, Vt., July 21, 1834. He is a descendant in direct line of Robert Potter, who settled in Rhode Island in 1620 or 1625. His father, Joseph Warren Potter, was born in Clarendon, Vt., in 1801, and was a moulder by trade and afterwards a farmer. He died in December, 1849, and his mother, Lucy (Fiske) Potter, was born in Danby, Vt., in 1800 and died in January, 1879. Darius E. comes of a family of six children, of whom four are now living: Mellissa P. Brewster of Iowa; Polly E. Tower of Iowa; and Noel, of Clarendon, Vt.;Mr. Potter was educated at the public schools and came to Troy at the age of fifteen and learned the moulder's trade. He worked for Wager & Dater and their successors for nine years. In 1861 he enlisted in Co. F, 1st United States Sharpshooters, and served for two years, and on account of poor health was discharged. He afterwards followed his trade, but on account of army life exposure was obliged to give it up. He is a Knight Templar and member of Oriental Temple of the Mystic Shrine, and a life member of all the Masonic bodies, and is also a member of the Veteran Masonic Association. In 1895 he founded the chapter of the Eastern Star, and was president of the Moulder's Union for five years. December 29, 1864, he married Theda Davidson of Chester, Vt.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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