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POTTS, Benjamin Franklin, soldier, born in Carroll county, Ohio, 29 January, 1836; died in Helena, Montana, 17 June, 1887. He was educated at Westminster college, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, and admitted to the bat' in 1859. He became captain in the 42d Ohio regiment in 1861, served in the Shenandoah valley, was commissioned colonel in 1862, participated in the Vicksburg campaign, and was then promoted to the command of a brigade and served under General William T. Sherman. On 5 January, 1865, he became brigadier-general of volunteers. He then returned to the practice of law, was elected state senator of Ohio, and was governor of Montana in 1870-'83. He was in the legislature in 1884, after which he occupied no public office.
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