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Orlando Brunson POTTER

(1823-1894)

POTTER, Orlando Brunson, a Representative from New York; born in Charlemont, Franklin County, Mass., March 10, 1823; attended the district school, Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., and the Dane Law School, Cambridge, Mass.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1848 and commenced practice in Boston, Mass.; engaged in manufacturing; moved to New York in 1853 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; unsuccessful for election in 1878 to the Forty-sixth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1884; member of the Rapid Transit Commission of New York City 1890-1894; died in New York City, January 2, 1894; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

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

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