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Pennsylvania State Senate

Zebulon Potts


Session Office Position District Party
1793-1794 N/A Federalist
1795-1796 N/A Federalist
1797-1798 N/A Federalist
1799-1800 N/A Federalist
1801-1802 N/A Federalist
 Counties   Bucks, Chester, Montgomery


1746 - 1801

Nathan Potts married Esther Rhoads. They had six children: Daniel, Stephen (who was an apprentice in the printing office with Benjamin Franklin), Nathan, Alice, Zebulon and Isaiah. Zebulon was born March 24th, 1746. He married Martha Trotter, of Philadelphia, daughter of Joseph and Ann Trotter, about 1771. They resided in Plymouth township, near Sixth avenue, Conshohocken, Pa. He was a prominent man in his day, being constable of Plymouth township before the Revolution. He was an ardent patriot during the War for Independence, and having the courage of his convictions was outspoken in defense of the American cause. Zebulon and Martha Trotter Potts had ten children. Ann, born in 1772; Joseph, born in 1774; Esther, born in 1777, died in infancy; Hannah, born in 1778; Alice, born in 1780; Esther, born in 1783; Martha, born in 1785; William, born in 1787; Robert Tower, born in 1790; and Daniel T., born in 1794. Robert T. Potts lived at Swedeland. It is a coincidence that Zebulon and his grandfather, David, both died while in office, one as a member of the Provincial Assembly and the other as State Senator. Another coincidence is that Isaac Mather and President Roosevelt have the same birthday. Zebulon Potts must have been endowed by nature with considerably more than average ability, as his educational facilities were very limited. The following is a clipping from the Norristown Herald, "The County's Senators" : ... "In 1807 Jonathan Roberts, Jr., of Upper Merion (afterwards United States Senator), defeated John Richards for reelection. Mr. Richards had been defeated in 1799 by Zebulon Potts. In 1801 Mr. Richards was elected to fill the unexpired term of Mr. Potts who died that spring, and in 1803 was re-elected, defeating General Andrew Porter." Senator Potts was carried into the Senate Chamber to cast his last vote, as there was a matter of great importance before the Senate. He died shortly afterwards. Died in office, Spring 1801.