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Sen. Samuel John Potter, (DemRep-RI)

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: South Kingstown, Kings County, Rhode Island
Death: October 14, 1804 (51)
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Potter, III and Elizabeth Potter
Husband of Ann Potter
Father of Isaac Fenner Potter
Brother of George Potter; Christopher Potter; Elizabeth Easton; Martha Browning; Henry Potter and 5 others
Half brother of John Potter; Mary Hazard and William Potter

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About Sen. Samuel John Potter, (DemRep-RI)

Governor Samuel J. Potter

Born: 1753 in South Kingstown, Washington County, R.I.

Died: October 14, 1804, Washington, D.C.

Father: John Potter, b. July 29, 1724, So. Kingstown, R.I.; d. 1787

Mother: Elizabeth (Hazard) Potter, b. July 26, 1729, Rhode Island; d. 1806

Married: September 10, 1788 in S. Kingstown, Washington, RI

Wife: Ann Nancy Segar


  • Samuel J. Jr
  • Ann
  • Fenner
  • Joseph
  • Sarah
  • Elizabeth

Samuel John Potter (June 29, 1753 – October 14, 1804) was a United States Senator from Rhode Island and was a prominent Country Party anti-Federalist leader.

Born in South Kingston Township, Potter completed preparatory studies, studied law, and was admitted to the bar and practiced. He was deputy governor of Rhode Island from 1790 to 1799 (during which time the office was renamed lieutenant Governor) and again from 1800 to 1803. He was also a presidential elector in 1792 and 1796.

Potter was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the U.S. Senate and served from March 4, 1803, until his death in Washington, D.C. on October 14, 1804. Interment was in the family burial ground, Kingston (formerly Little Rest), Washington County, Rhode Island.

Note: He was brought up on Matunuck farm, known as the Goodman Potter=later owned by John Babcock. He lived at Point Judith, on a farm given to him by his father. He was a very prominent man in Rhode Island, and held various important offices. He served as senator,=also as deputy governor of the state from 1790 to 1799, Lt. Governor from 1799 to1800, In 1800 he was defeated by George Brown but the following year was again elected. On October 30, 1802, Mr. Potter=elected United States Senator from Rhode Island. for a term of six years. He was a staunch Democrat.

Children were Samuel J. Jr; Ann; Fenner, Joseph, Sarah and Elizabeth.

Taken from: New England Families Genealogy and Memorials by William Richard Cutter. 3rd Series, 1915, Vol. 4:2064

Served as lieutenant of the Third Company, and was promoted captain, 1776. He was appointed recruiting officer, 1777, of South Kingston, the town where he born. (DAR)

both of South Kingstown at marriage. m. by George Hazard Peckham, JP


Mary (Dyre) Ward: Mary (Barrett) Dyre's Missing Daughter Traced by Johan Winsser, Publication: NEHGR, Volume 145, January 1991

New England Families Genealogical & Memorial: Vol. III by Cutter, William Richard, New York,,1915,rep 1997

Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books, Author: The Society, Washington, District of Columbia, Dc, 1896-1921, Publication: Harrisburg, Pa. Harrisburg Pub. Co. 166 Volumes

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Sen. Samuel John Potter, (DemRep-RI)'s Timeline

June 29, 1753
South Kingstown, Kings County, Rhode Island
July 8, 1796
Age 43
South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island, United States
October 14, 1804
Age 51
Washington, District of Columbia, United States