Potter, Christopher (1591-1646)

POTTER, Christopher, an English divine, born in Westmoreland, 1591. He was educated at Queen's college, Oxford, where he took his degrees, and became fellow, and also succeeded his uncle, Dr. Barnaby Potter, 1626, as provost. He published a sermon, preached at his uncle's consecration as bishop of Carlisle, 1628, and he himself was made dean of Worcester, 1635, and in 1640, vice-chancellor of Oxford. He signalized himself by his loyalty during the civil wars, and sent his plate to the king, saying that he wished rather to drink like Diogenes in the palm of his hand, than that his majesty should want. In January 1646, he was nominated to the deanery of Durham ; but he died in his college the following March, and before he was installed. He was a learned and exemplary character. He wrote besides some tracts on predestination against the Calvinists.
1. A General Biographical Dictionary, Comprising a Summary Account of the Most Distinguished Persons of All Ages, Nations and Professions, 1843, page 775.

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