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POTTS, Stacy Gardner, jurist, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 9 November, 1799; died in Trenton, New Jersey, 9 April, 1865. He became editor of the "Emporium," a weekly newspaper, in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1821, was admitted to the bar in 1827, and was in the legislature in 1828-'9. He became clerk of the New Jersey chancery court in 1821, held office ten years, and then retired on account of delicate health. He was a commissioner to revise the laws of New Jersey in 1845, became judge of the court of appeals in 1852, and retired in 1859. Princeton gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1844. He was active in the affairs of the Presbyterian church, and in 1851, was chairman of the finance committee of that body. After leaving the bench he devoted himself to literary pursuits. His publications include " Village Tales" (Philadelphia, 1827) and "Precedents and Notes of Practice in the New Jersey Chancery Court" (1841), and he left in manuscript a work entitled " The Christ of Revelation." --His brother, William Stephens, clergyman, born in Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, 13 October, 1802 ; died in St. Louis, Missouri, 27 March, 1852, learned the printer's trade, subsequently studied under Reverend Ezra S. Ely in Philadelphia, and was a student at Princeton theological seminary in 1825-'7. He was pastor of the 1st Presbyterian church of St. Louis, Missouri, in 1828-'35, president of Marion college for the subsequent four years, founded the 2d Presbyterian church of St. Louis in 1838, and was its pastor till his death. Marion gave him the degree of D.D. in 1845. He published several sermons.
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