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Arnold Potter

Birthplace: Salisbury, Herkimer, NY
Death: Died in Council Bluff, Pottawattomie, Iowa, United States
Place of Burial: IA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of David Potter and Elizabeth Potter
Husband of Almira Potter
Ex-husband of Elizabeth Ann Birch
Father of Wallace Edwin Potter; Mary Adeline Potter; George Potter; Elizabeth 'Eliza' Ann Potter; Harriett Orselia Potter and 4 others
Brother of Catherine Richmond; John Potter; Benjamin Franklin Potter; Martin Potter; Willis Potter and 6 others

Managed by: Gwyneth McNeil
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About Arnold Potter

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Arnold Potter (January 11, 1804 – April 2, 1872) was a self-declared Messiah and a leader of a schismatic sect in Latter Day Saint movement. Potter referred to himself as Potter Christ..."

"...Potter was born in Herkimer County, New York. At age 19, he married Almira Smith. By 1835 Potter had moved with his wife and children to Switzerland County, Indiana. On November 10, 1839, Potter and his family were baptized by missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints..."

"...On March 16, 1856 Potter received a call to serve as a missionary in Australia from LDS Church president Brigham Young. Later that year, Potter left California for Australia on the ship Osprey.

Potter later claimed that during his trip to Australia, he underwent a "purifying, quickening change" whereby the spirit of Jesus Christ entered into his body and he became "Potter Christ, Son of the living God"...."

"...By 1861 Potter and some of his followers had left California with the intention of settling near Independence, Missouri, the traditional location of Zion for the Latter Day Saints..."

"...In 1872 Potter announced at a meeting of his church that the time had come for his ascent into heaven. Followed by his disciples, Potter rode a donkey to the edge of the bluffs, whereupon he leapt off the edge. Potter died in the attempt to ascend into heaven and his body was collected and buried by his followers...."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Arnold Potter', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 4 January 2011, 04:51 UTC, <> [accessed 18 February 2011]

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Arnold Potter's Timeline

January 11, 1804
Salisbury, Herkimer, NY
August 8, 1824
Age 20
St Lawrence, New York
August 30, 1826
Age 22
Salisbury, Herkimer, New York
July 25, 1828
Age 24
Salisbury, Herkimer, New York
September 9, 1830
Age 26
Salisbury, New York, United States
November 9, 1832
Age 28
Salisbury, Herkimer, New York
Age 45
Mill Creek, UT
September 7, 1854
Age 50
San Bernardino, California, USA