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Mark Milton Potter Mark Milton Potter
Full Name: Mark Milton Potter
Date of birth: May 2, 1819
Date of death: October 18, 1863

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 34 Nov 4, 1861 - Oct 18, 1863 9th (1)     Galveston / Galveston   Galveston
S 17 Nov 7, 1859 - Nov 4, 1861 8th (2)     Galveston / Galveston   Galveston
S 17 Nov 2, 1857 - Nov 7, 1859 7th (3) (4) (5)     Galveston / Galveston   Galveston
S 17 Nov 8, 1853 - Nov 2, 1857 6th (6) (7)   5th (8) (9) (10)     Galveston / Galveston   Galveston
S 18 Jan 12, 1853 - Nov 7, 1853 4th (11) (12) (13)     Galveston / Galveston   Brazoria, Galveston
H Galveston Dec 13, 1847 - Nov 5, 1849 2nd (14)     Galveston / Galveston   Galveston
(1) Potter died 10/18/1863. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) 8th Legislature - Not present at the organization of the Senate. First mentioned in appointments to Senate committees, 11/9/1859, p. 10. Senate Journal.
(3) Listed in "New Senators elected: Democrats." Civilian and Gazette Weekly, 9/8/1857, p. 2, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(4) 7th Legislature - 11/2/1857, p. 1. Included in "roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment, being called by Districts, the following Senators appeared, presented their credentials, and being qualified took their seats." Senate Journal.
(5) 7th Legislature - listed in "large cadre of returning senators," p. 276. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(6) 6th Legislature - 11/5/1855, p. 4. Holdover Senator, listed in "The roll of Senators then being called, the following Senators answered to their names. . ." Senate Journal.
(7) 6th Legislature - Listed in the "19 members of the Senate [who] retained their seats from the 5th Legislature," p. 258. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(8) 5th Legislature - 11/8/1853, p. 6. Senators elect M.M. Potter, Isaac L. Hill, William T. Scott, and James H. Durst "came forward, presented their credentials, were qualified and took their seats." Senate Journal.
(9) Democrat - Listed as delegate to Democratic State Convention in Austin, 1/9/1854. Tri-Weekly State Times, 1/17/1854, p. 1, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(10) Roster of members elect of the 5th Legislature, state elections, 1853. Texas State Gazette [Austin, Tex.], 8/20/1853, p. 3, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(11) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Feb. 2, 1853, 4th Legislature, 1st C.S., ch. 4, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(12) Mark Potter, sworn 1/12/1853, succeeded Franklin H. Merriman, resigned 8/31/1852. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(13) 4th Legislature, Extra Session - 1/12/1853, p. 5. "On motion of Mr. Wilson, the Hon. M.M. Potter, Senator elect from District No. 18, composed of the counties of Galveston and Brazoria, presented his credentials and took the oath prescribed by the constitution and his seat." Senate Journal.
(14) Roster of members of the 2nd Legislature, Texas Democrat, 12/15/1847, p. 2, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • POTTER, MARK MILTON (1819-1863). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Other Resources
  • Mark Milton Potter, born 5/2/1819, died 10/10[?]/1863, grave marker photos, interment in Old City Cemetery, Galveston. Find a Grave.
  • Obituary, Hon. M.M. Potter, 10/28/1863, p. 1. "We noticed in our edition of yesterday morning the death of Hon. M.M. Potter, of Galveston. . .," Potter died "Sunday morning the 18th instant" (10/18/1863). Galveston Weekly News.
  • Mentioned in Ralph A. Wooster, "Membership in the Early Texas Legislatures, 1850-1860," October 1965, pp. 163-173. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • Biographical note, p. 244 - attorney, born in Connecticut. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Mark Milton Potter, 8th Legislature, Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature
  • Committee Informationtop
    9th R.S. - 1861
    Comptroller's and Treasurer's Office, Examine  
    Finance  
    Judiciary (Chair) 
    8th R.S. - 1859
    Apportionment  
    Claims and Accounts  
    Convention to Frame a New State Constitution  
    Federal Relations  
    Finance  
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary (Chair) 
    Public Debt  
    Public Lands  
    State Affairs  
    7th R.S. - 1857
    Judiciary (Chair) 
    Message of the Governor on Kansas Affairs  
    Public Lands  
    State Affairs  
    6th R.S. - 1855
    Claims and Accounts  
    Constitutional Amendments, Select  
    Judicial Districts, Select  
    Judiciary (Chair) 
    Protection of Western Frontier, Select  
    5th R.S. - 1853
    Claims and Accounts  
    Judicial Districts  
    Judiciary (Chair) 
    Land Office  
    Public Debt  
    Rules  
    4th R.S. - 1851
    Judiciary  
    Public Debt  
    State Affairs  
    2nd R.S. - 1847
    Judiciary  
    Penitentiary (Chair) 
    Public Buildings  
     

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