William Sheridan Potter Sr

9 February 1892–20 May 1976 (Age 84)
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

The Life Summary of William Sheridan

When William Sheridan Potter Sr was born on 9 February 1892, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, his father, Robert Nelson Potter, was 26 and his mother, Lavina Ellen Freeman, was 25. He married Pearl Marie Jackson in September 1914, in Brainerd, Crow Wing, Minnesota, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 8 daughters. He lived in Long Lake Township, Crow Wing, Minnesota, United States for about 10 years and Brainerd, Crow Wing, Minnesota, United States for about 20 years. He died on 20 May 1976, in Longview, Cowlitz, Washington, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Brainerd, Crow Wing, Minnesota, United States.

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William Sheridan Potter Sr
Pearl Marie Jackson
Marriage: September 1914
Evelyn Lavina Potter
William Sheridan Potter Jr.
Eunice Marie Potter
Maurice Wendell "Buck" Potter
Bernice Pearl Potter
Genevieve Gladys Potter
Vivian M Potter
Norman C. Potter
Jeanette Potter
Richard James Potter
Eleanor Jane Potter
Marlys Loraine Potter Hinch

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    September 1914Brainerd, Crow Wing, Minnesota, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson
    Age 4
    A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
    1906 · Hydro-Electric of Ontario
    Age 14
    Ontario Hydro was established in 1906. It is the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario.
    1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress
    Age 24
    Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

    Name Meaning

    English and Dutch; North German (Pötter): occupational name for a maker of drinking and storage vessels, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Middle Low German pot. In the Middle Ages the term covered workers in metal as well as earthenware and clay.In some cases also an Americanized form (translation into English) of Croatian, Serbian, and Slovenian Lončar ‘potter’ (see Loncar ), and probably also of cognates from some other languages, e.g. Czech Hrnčíř (see Hrncir ).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (25)

    • William Sheridan Potter, "Ontario Births, 1869-1911"
    • William F Potter, "United States Census, 1930"
    • William S Potter in entry for William Carlis Taylor, "Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Marriage Records, 1906-1968"

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