Biography of E. R. Potter
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Potter, E. R., was born in West Greenwich, R. I., June 22, 1835. He is a son of Allen and Waity (Arnold) Potter, both natives of Rhode Island, where they lived and died. The grandfather, George Arnold, was a pioneer of Stephentown, and was aid de camp to George Washington during the Revolutionary war. E. R. Potter was left an orphan when a small boy and his first work for himself was at forty dollars a year. He then worked by the month in. Rhode Island till he was of age, when he came to Stephentown and worked four years by the month, then at farming and speculating for seven years. In 1872 he engaged in the sale of lumber, lime, coal, feed, cement, and in shipping all kinds of produce, in which he has been very successful. In 1855 Mr. Potter married Phoebe, daughter of George Taylor, a farmer of Stephentown; she died March 12, 1882, and September 4, 1885, he married Anna McMahon. He had five children: Lelia Z., wife of Eldorus Eldridge; Minnie, who died aged twenty one; George A., Agnes M. and Gertrude A.

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


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