POTTER, Thomas (1740-1801), of Ridgmont, Beds.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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28 Nov. 1776 - 1780

Family and Education

b. 1740, o.s. of Thomas Potter.  educ. Eton 1753-4; Emmanuel, Camb. 1756; L. Inn 1767, called 1772.  m. 6 May 1761, Miss Grove, of Ridgmont, Beds., 2da.

Offices Held

Second justice of Anglesey 1778- d.


In 1758 Potter’s father considered putting him up for Bedfordshire at the general election, but died the following year. Potter himself does not seem to have attempted to enter Parliament before 1776 when he was returned unopposed as an Administration candidate on Lord Edgcumbe’s interest. The Public Ledger wrote about him in 1779:

He is a very pleasant, acute, and witty gentleman but perfectly—in political as well as religious principles. He is an intimate friend of Mr. Secretary Robinson.

There is no record of his having spoken in the House. Potter did not stand again in 1780, nor apparently at any later election.

He died 14 Nov. 1801.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: Mary M. Drummond