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 Howard D. Potts

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Howard D. Potts

  • Birth 16 Dec 1840 Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 13 Aug 1906 Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 100531133

Howard Potts was a Civil War Veteran, and had a long career in the US Navy. He started as a 3rd Assistant Engineer, and was propomted to 2nd Assistant Engineer. He served aboard the USS Tioga, USS Pinola, USS Dacotah, & USS Monocacy.



Howard D. Potts, aged sixty-six, a volunteer in the Civil War, naval engineer and interpreter, died early yesterday morning from internal trouble at his late home, 409 Biggs street.

Mr. Potts was born in Orwigsburg, December 16, 1840, and after his experience in the army and navy came to this city where he has lived for the past thirty years. Early in the Civil War he joined the volunteers and also served in the Light Artillery. In 1861, he entered the naval sevice as engineer. He was invalided home in 1875 and received his discharge shortly after. Mr. Potts served under Admirals Farragut and Schley and was a personal friend of Admiral Schley.

After his discharge from the naval service, Mr. Potts acted for many years as interpreter for the Hickok Manufacturing Company, who were doing a large buisness with China and Japan at that time. Mr. Potts at that time had the distinction of being the only American in the country who could speak the Japanese language. He was a newspaper correspondent at the Capitol for a number of years and was also an employee of the State Insurance Commissioner's office.

Mr. Potts took an active part in Messiah Lutheran Church affairs and was a member of a number of secret orders. He is survived by his wife, Annie, and a son, and daughter, Mable and Baird.

Funeral services will be held from his late residence tomorrow at 2 o'clock and will be conducted by Rev. Rene H. Williams. Interment will be made in the Harrisburg Cemetery.

Source: The Patriot, Harrisburg, Penna., Tuesday, August 14, 1906, Page 2.

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  • Created by: Walt E. Smith
  • Added: 11 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100531133
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Howard D. Potts (16 Dec 1840–13 Aug 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100531133, citing Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Walt E. Smith (contributor 47029442) .