Death of Captain Potter,

Fulton County, NY

An Old Resident Who was Prominent in Affairs of the County

Daniel Potter, one of the old and respected citizens of Kingsboro, died at his home on Kingsboro avenue Saturday afternoon of apoplexy, in the 77th year of his age.

Captain Daniel Potter was almost a life-long resident of this locality, and his name is familiar to everybody.   He was born on Hartford, CT, May 11, 1817, and came at the age of 6 years to make his home with his uncle Daniel, then familiarly known as, "King Potter," and who in the year 1800 built the present Potter residence.  Politically, the subject of this sketch was a Democrat, and in earlier days a power in local politics.  In the early sixties he was twice opposed to J. Howard Burr as a candidate for member of assembly, being defeated after a hard fight both times, and previous to that time, in 1848, was elected sheriff of the county, defeating his Republican opponent, Daniel Stewart, who died about 20 years ago.  He also served eight years as postmaster in Kingsboro, under Martin Van Buren.  His title of "Captain" was gained by holding that official position in local militia which existed upwards fifty years ago, and the title has clung to him ever since.  He was among the principle organizers of the Kingsboro water works in 1873, and from the time of that organization until a year ago, steadily held the position of superintendent of the company.

Capt. Potter has always followed the vocation of a farmer.  He was twice married.  His first wife was formerly Miss Emily Otis, and his second, Jenette McQueen of Perth.  Three children were born of the first marriage, of whom Otis E. Potter is the sole survivor, and one child of the second marriage, now the wife of William C. Mills.  He is also survived by his wife.

Capt. Potter united with the Presbyterian church at Kingsboro during the Earle revival 22 years ago, and during the pastorate of Rev. J. C. Boyd in that church, severed his connection with it and became a member of the Congregational church.  He was a gentleman widely esteemed for his excellent qualities as a man and a citizen. 


dated:  18 March 1984
Source:  From Unknown Newspaper, Posted inside scrapbook

Note:  Captain Potter is buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

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