POTTER, John, D.D., primate of England, was born at Wakefield, Yorkshire, 1674. He was educated at University college, Oxford, and at the age of nineteen, began to distinguish himself as an able Grecian, and acute critic, by his publication of Variantes Lectiones ad Plutarchi Libruin de audiendis. He was in 1694, chosen fellow of Lincoln college, where he became an eminent and popular tutor. He was in 1704, made chaplain to Archbishop Tenison, and went in consequence to reside at Lambeth. In 1708, he was appointed canon of Christ church, and regius divinity professor, and in 1715, was raised to the see of Oxford. In 1737, he succeeded Wake, at Canterbury, and after supporting this high office with becoming dignity, died 1747. In his private character, it is said that he was haughty, and to prove this, it is mentioned that he disinherited his son for marrying below his rank. He published Antiquities of Greece, 2 vols. Svo.—which have passed through several editions—an Edition of Lycophron, folio, much valued—Discourse on Church Government —and Edition of Clemens Alexandrinus. His theological works and charges were edited, 3 vols. 8vo. Oxford, 1753.
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