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Potter, Henry Codman

Henry Codman Potter, 1835–1908, American Episcopal bishop, b. Schenectady, N.Y., son of Alonzo Potter. He was ordained a priest in 1858 and served in churches in Troy, N.Y., and Boston before he became (1868) rector of Grace Church in New York City. In 1883 he was consecrated bishop coadjutor of New York, assisting his uncle, Bishop Horatio Potter, whom he succeeded in 1887. The first stages in the building of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City were initiated by Bishop Potter. He was actively interested in social improvement and civic reform; among his writings are The Citizen in Relation to the Industrial Situation (1902) and The Drink Problem in Modern Life (1905).

See H. A. Keyser, Bishop Potter, the People's Friend (1910).

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