William Sheridan Potter Sr.

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

The Life 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 7 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
Vivian M Potter
Norman C. Potter
Jeanette Potter
Richard James Potter
Eleanor Jane Potter
Marlys Loraine Potter

Spouse and Children

September 1914
Brainerd, 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, Dutch, and 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.

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

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Sources (3)

  • William F Potter, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William Potter, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Sherdin Potter, "United States Census, 1920"

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