Member Biography

Zebulon Potts 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1794-1795       2 Federalist
1795-1796       2 Federalist
1796-1797       2 Federalist
1797-1798       2 Federalist
1798-1799       2 Federalist
1799-1800       2 Federalist
1800-1801       2 Federalist


03/21/1746 - 03/17/1801

Zebulon Potts (Federalist2) Bucks, Chester and Montgomery Counties 1794-1801 

Early Life:

Zebulon Potts, born March 21, 1746, Whitemarsh, Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, Province of Pennsylvania, British Colonial America; son of Nathan and Esther Rhoads Potts; captain, Pennsylvania Militia, American Revolution; British prisoner of war, 1777-1778, Philadelphia; appointed, first Sheriff, Montgomery County; elected, Supreme Executive Council, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1788; unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1790; elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1794-1801; married, Martha Trotter, children, Ann Potts, Joseph Potts, Esther Potts, Hannah Potts, Alice Potts, Esther Potts, Martha Potts, William Potts, Robert Tower Potts, Daniel T. Potts; died, March 17, 1801, while in office of the Senate, Conshohocken, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Burial location unknown.

Early Career:

Captain, Pennsylvania Militia, American Revolution. During the encampment of the Patriot Army at Valley Forge, he was very active in procuring food for the Army.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Appointed, First Sheriff, Montgomery County.

Elected, Supreme Executive Council, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1788.  

Unsuccessful campaign, Pennsylvania State Senate, Montgomery County, 1790.

Elected, Federalist, Pennsylvania State Senate, 2nd district, Bucks, Chester and Montgomery Counties, 1794-1801.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members P"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

A New Nation Votes (

North Penn Review and Lansdale Reporter (Lansdale, Pennsylvania) · Thursday, March 31, 1910 · Page 3.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) · Sunday, December 13, 1964 · page 190. 

The Potts Family in Great Britain and America - Thomas Maxwell Potts, 1901