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Samuel John Potter (June 29, 1753 – October 14, 1804) was a United States Senator from Rhode Island and was a prominent Country Party (Anti-federalist) leader.

Born in South Kingston Township, Potter completed preparatory studies, studied law, and was admitted to the bar and practiced. He was deputy governor of Rhode Island from 1790 to 1799 during which time the office became Lieutenant Governor and again 1800 to 1803. He was also a presidential elector in 1792 and 1796.

Potter was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the U.S. Senate and served from March 4, 1803, until his death in Washington, D.C. on October 14, 1804. Interment was in the family burial ground, Kingston (formerly Little Rest), Washington County, Rhode Island.

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Theodore Foster
United States Senator (Class 1) from Rhode Island
1803–1804
Served alongside: Christopher Ellery
Succeeded by
Benjamin Howland

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