Potter, Henry Codman

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Henry Codman Potter (sometimes I or Sr.; May 25, 1835 - July 21, 1908) was a bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States. He was the seventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.  Autograph Slip Writing Signed, n.d. -  4 1/2 x 7 Leaf:  written in blk ink from the Episcopal Diocese of New York with lovely golden-browning seen throughout document.  Overall, fine condition. 

Henry C. Potter, was the sixth bishop of New York and 131st in succession in the American episcopate, was born in Schenectady, N.Y., May 25, 1834; fifth son of the Rev. Alonzo and Maria (Nott) Potter.

He attended the Episcopal academy at Philadelphia, Pa., and was graduated from the Theological Seminary of Virginia in 1857. He was ordered deacon in 1857, and ordained priest in 1858.

He was twice married: first, Oct. 8, 1857, to Eliza Rogers, daughter of Samuel O. and Clara (Boyd) Jacobs of Spring Grove, Pa., who died June 29, 1901; and secondly, Oct. 4, 1902, to Mrs. Alfred Corning Clark of Cooperstown, N.Y. In November, 1902, Mrs. Potter announced her gift of the East Side Community House, a philanthropic institution similar to Hull House, Chicago, for the city of New York, to cost about half a million dollars.

Mr. Potter was rector of Christ Church, Greensburg, Pa., 1857-58; of St. John's, Troy, N.Y., 1859-66; assistant, on the Greene Foundation, at Trinity church, Boston, Mass., 1866-68, and rector of Grace church, New York city, 1868-84. He refused the presidency of Kenyon college, Ohio, in 1863, and the office of bishop of Iowa in 1875.

He was elected assistant bishop of New York in 1883, and was consecrated, Oct. 20, 1883, by Bishops Smith, Williams and Clark, assisted by Bishops Whipple, Stevens, Littlejohn, Doane, Huntington and McLaren.

On the death of his uncle, Bishop Horatio Potter, Jan. 2, 1887, he succeeded to the bishopric. He became prominent in public reforms; was a friend of the laboring classes, and his services as an arbitrator to adjust differences between employer and employed were frequently sought. He was secretary of the house of bishops, 1866-83.

Union college conferred on him the honorary degree of A.M. in 1863; D.D. in 1865, and LL.D. in 1877; the degree of D.D. was also given him by Trinity in 1884, by Harvard in 1890 and by Oxford, England, in 1892; that of D.C.L. by Bishop's university in 1894, and that of LL.D. by Cambridge, England, in 1888, and by the University of Pennsylvania and Yale in 1901.

Potter's siblings were: 

Clarkson Nott Potter (1825–1882) was a Democratic member of the House of Representatives after the Civil War. • Robert Brown Potter (1829–1887) was a United States General in the American Civil War and a financier. • Edward Tuckerman Potter an architect who designed the Nott Memorial at Union College. • William Appleton Potter (1842–1909) was an American architect who designed numerous buildings, including the Church of the Presidents (New Jersey) in Elberon, New Jersey. • Eliphalet Nott Potter (1836-1901) was a university president. • Francis Hunter Potter was a musician and writer. • Maria Louisa Potter (1839-1916) married sculptor Launt Thompson and lived in Italy. Henry Codman Potter married, in 1857, as his first wife, Eliza R. Jacob (died 1901). They had six children: • Alonzo Potter (father of movie director H. C. Potter) • Clara Sidney Potter married Mason Chichester Davidge and later married artist Henry Fitch Taylor • Sarah Linzee Potter (married Edwin Tatham, May 16, 1916) • Jane Potter (married lawyer Charles Howland Russell) • Lena Potter (married textile executive Winthrop Cowdin; she hanged herself in 1906) • Mary Potter (married portrait painter William Henry Hyde) He married, on 4 October 1902, as his second wife, Elizabeth Clark (née Scriven), the widow of Alfred Corning Clark, a Singer sewing-machine heir. By this marriage, he had four stepsons: Edward Severin Clark, Robert Sterling Clark, F. Ambrose Clark, and Stephen Carlton Clark.