|Independence Hall, location of the Declaration signing|
Before being appointed secretary of the Texas Navy and commander of the port of Galveston in 1836, Potter refused to sign the treaty afterwards negotiated with Antonio López de Santa Anna after the Battle of San Jacinto, and joined those advocating the execution of the Mexican president. In September 1836 he entered into a marriage of dubious legality with Harriet A.M. Ames. The couple had a daughter and a son.
In 1837, after Sam Houston was elected to the Texas presidency, Potter retired first to a residence in Harrison County and then to a home built on his headright grant on Soda (now Caddo) Lake in what is now Marion County. Potter's new neighbors elected him their senator in the Congress of the Republic of Texas; he served from November 2, 1840, until his death. He became involved in the Regulator-Moderator War in Harrison County, where he quickly became a Moderator leader. A Regulator band surrounded his home and killed him on March 2, 1842, as he attempted to escape. He was initially buried at Potter's Point near his home, but on October 9, 1928, he was reinterred in the State Cemetery in Austin. Potter County in the Texas Panhandle, established on August 21, 1876, was named in his honor.
Both the birth and death dates on his stone are incorrect.
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Texas State Cemetery