Charles E. Potter
|United States Senator|
November 5, 1952 – January 3, 1959
|Preceded by||Blair Moody|
|Succeeded by||Philip Hart|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Michigan's 11th district
August 26, 1947 – November 4, 1952
|Preceded by||Fred Bradley|
|Succeeded by||Victor A. Knox|
|Born||October 30, 1916|
|Died||November 23, 1979 (aged 63)|
|Resting place||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Alma mater||Eastern Michigan University|
|Awards||Silver Star (2), Croix de Guerre, Purple Heart|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1942–1946|
|Unit||US 28th Infantry Division|
Potter was born in Lapeer, Michigan and attended the public schools there. He received an AB degree from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, in 1938. He worked as an administrator of Bureau of Social Aid in Cheboygan County, Michigan, 1938–1942. In 1942, he enlisted as a private in the United States Army with combat service in the European Theater of Operations with the US 28th Infantry Division. He was seriously wounded at Colmar, Alsace, France, in 1945, resulting in the loss of both legs. He was discharged from the service as a major in 1946.
He was awarded the Silver Star twice, the French Croix de Guerre, and the U.S. Purple Heart. After the war, he was engaged as a vocational rehabilitation representative for the Retraining and Reemployment Administration with the United States Labor Department until his resignation in 1947.
Potter was elected on August 26, 1947, as a Republican to the United States House of Representatives from Michigan's 11th congressional district for the 80th Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Fred Bradley. He was reelected to the two succeeding Congresses and served from August 26, 1947 until his resignation November 4, 1952.
He was elected to the United States Senate in 1952 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Arthur H. Vandenberg, replacing Blair Moody, who had been appointed to the post. He served the remainder of Vandenberg's term, from November 5, 1952, to January 3, 1953. He was also elected in 1952 for the term commencing January 3, 1953, defeating Moody in both elections. He served until January 3, 1959, having been defeated for reelection to a second term in 1958 by Philip Hart.
After leaving Congress, Potter engaged as an industrial consultant and international securities executive. In his 1965 memoir, Days of Shame, he outlined the battle between moderate Republicans and Democrats to contend with Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy. Potter was a close confidante of President Dwight D. Eisenhower on this and other issues.
Potter was a Methodist and a member of American Legion, Amvets, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles, Elks, Kiwanis, and the American Battle Monuments Commission. He resided in Queenstown, Maryland, until his death at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington, D.C. at the age of sixty-three.
- Potter, Charles E. Days of Shame. New York: Coward-McCann, 1965.
- United States Congress. "Charles E. Potter (id: P000460)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-02-05
- The Political Graveyard
- Arlington National Cemetery
- A film clip "Longines Chronoscope with Charles E. Potter" is available at the Internet Archive
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| United States Representative for the 11th Congressional District of Michigan
August 26, 1947 – November 5, 1952
Victor A. Knox
| U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Michigan
November 5, 1952 – January 3, 1959