Charles Edward POTTER, Congress, MI (1916-1979)

Senate Years of Service:

POTTER, Charles Edward, a Representative and a Senator from Michigan; born in Lapeer, Mich., October 30, 1916; attended the public schools; graduated from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mich., in 1938; administrator of Bureau of Social Aid, Cheboygan County, Mich., 1938-1942; in 1942 enlisted as a private in the United States Army with combat service in the European Theater of Operations; seriously wounded in France in 1945, resulting in the loss of both legs; discharged from the service as a major in 1946; engaged as vocational rehabilitation representative for the Retraining and Reemployment Administration with the United States Labor Department until his resignation in 1947; elected on August 26, 1947, as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Frederick V. Bradley; reelected to the two succeeding Congresses and served from August 26, 1947, until his resignation on November 4, 1952; elected to the United States Senate in 1952 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Arthur H. Vandenberg and served from November 5, 1952, to January 3, 1953; also elected in 1952 for the term commencing January 3, 1953, and served until January 3, 1959; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1958; engaged as an industrial consultant and international securities executive; member of the American Battle Monuments Commission; resided in Queenstown, Md., until his death at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington, D.C., November 23, 1979; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.


Potter, Charles E. Days of Shame. New York: Coward-McCann, 1965.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present