Samuel J. Potter

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Samuel John Potter
United States Senator
from Rhode Island
In office
March 4, 1803 – October 14, 1804
Preceded byTheodore Foster
Succeeded byBenjamin Howland
1st Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
In office
GovernorArthur Fenner
Preceded byGeorge Brown
Succeeded byPaul Mumford
In office
GovernorArthur Fenner
Preceded byDaniel Owen
Succeeded byGeorge Brown
Personal details
Born(1753-06-29)June 29, 1753
South Kingstown, Rhode Island
DiedOctober 14, 1804(1804-10-14) (aged 51)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican

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 Kingstown, 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.

See also[edit]


  • United States Congress. "Samuel J. Potter (id: P000468)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. Senate
Political offices
Preceded by
Daniel Owen
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
George Brown
Preceded by
George Brown
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
Paul Mumford
Preceded by
Theodore Foster
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Rhode Island
March 4, 1803 – October 14, 1804
Served alongside: Christopher Ellery
Succeeded by
Benjamin Howland