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Emery Davis POTTER

(1804-1896)

POTTER, Emery Davis, a Representative from Ohio; born in Providence, R.I., October 7, 1804; attended the district school and the academy in Herkimer County, N.Y.; studied law in Cooperstown, N.Y.; was admitted to the New York State bar at Utica in 1833 and commenced practice in Cooperstown, N.Y.; moved to Toledo, Ohio, in 1834 and continued the practice of law; judge of the circuit court for the northern counties of Ohio; president judge of the court of common pleas from 1834 to 1843, when he resigned; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); was not a candidate for renomination; mayor of Toledo 1846-1848; member of the State house of representatives 1848-1850; elected to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851); chairman, Committee on Post Office and Post Roads (Thirty-first Congress); was not a candidate for renomination; resumed the practice of law in Toledo; declined the appointment of judge of the Territory of Utah in 1858; city solicitor of Toledo in 1861 and 1862; member of the board of education in 1864 and 1865; member of the State senate 1874-1876 and served as president; retired from active practice in 1880; died in Toledo, Ohio, February 12, 1896; interment in Forest Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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