A Commodore in Rockford

Did you know that Rockford had a Commodore in the US Navy? Edward Eells Potter was born May 9, 1833 in Medina, NY to Eleazur Hubble Potter and his wife, Sarah Adeline Eells. They also had a daughter, Adeline Sarah Potter, born in New York. The family came to Rockford in 1837. In 1846, Edward was appointed to Annapolis, and joined the US Navy on Feb. 5, 1850. He was made a lieutenant in 1858, a lieutenant commander in 1862, and a commander in 1869. At the start of the Civil War, Potter was on the steam frigate Niagara with Schley. Potter...

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