James Reese Potter

1896–1970 (Age 74)
Midway, Wasatch, Utah, United States

The Life of James Reese

When James Reese Potter was born on 20 July 1896, in Midway, Wasatch, Utah, United States, his father, Wallace Edwin Potter, was 46 and his mother, Harriett Susan Kempton, was 40. He married Elva Bernice Walker on 27 August 1921. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He lived in Garfield, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1930 and Pomona, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1935. He registered for military service in 1920. He died on 8 July 1970, in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in San Rafael, Marin, California, United States.

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James Reese Potter
Elva Bernice Walker
Marriage: 27 August 1921
James O Potter
Earl W Potter
Ronald C Potter

Spouse & Children

27 August 1921


  • James O Potter


  • Earl W Potter


  • Male1928–1946Male

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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 8

St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 20

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.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • James Totter in household of Wallace E. Totter, "United States Census, 1900"
  • James R Potter, "United States Census, 1930"
  • James Potter, "United States Census, 1940"

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