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POTTS, Richard, member of the Continental congress, born in Upper Marlborough, Prince George County, Maryland, in July, 1753; died in Frederick county, Maryland, 26 November, 1808. He studied law at Annapolis, and afterward removed to Frederick county, where he practised till his death. He was clerk of the county committee of observation in 1776, clerk of the county court in 1777, and member of the house of delegates in 1779-'80 and 1787-'8. He was a delegate to the Continental congress in 1781, became state attorney for Frederick, Montgomery, and Washington counties, Maryland, in 1784, was a member of the Maryland convention of 1788 that ratified the constitution of the United States, and in 1789 was commissioned by General Washington United States attorney for Maryland. He became chief justice of the county courts of the 5th judicial district in 1791, and was United States senator in 1793-'6. From 1801 till 1804 he was associate justice of the Maryland court of appeals. Princeton gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1805.
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