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Anselm Potter

Other Name:
Ansel Potter
November 20, 1786
February 25, 1848
Home Town:
Plymouth, CT
Later Residences:
Erie, PA
Mayville, NY
Biographical Notes:
Anselm Potter registered at the Litchfield Law School from Connecticut in 1805. He attended, but did not complete, Yale College. After studying law, he migrated to Erie, PA where he remained for a short time. He moved to Mayville NY where he served as the first lawyer in Chautauqua County. During the War of 1812, he joined an anti-war group called "Friends of Liberty, Peace, and Commerce" and served as its secretary. He served as a school commissioner and as county treasurer. He remained in Mayville until his death. His family took his remains to Logansport, Indiana where he was interred.

Years at LLS:

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany, and Company, 1849), 5.
Secondary Sources:
Edson, Obed History of Chautauqua County, New York W.A. Fergusson, Boston, Mass., 1894. Accessed at August 9, 2022.

Moore, William B. The Earliest Lawyers In Northwestern Pennsylvania Accessed at

Young, Andrew W. (Andrew White) History of Chautauqua County, New York : from its first settlement to the present time : with numerous biographical and family sketches, Printing House of Matthews & Warren, Buffalo, N.Y., 1875. Accessed at ...

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