c.1674-1747. Archbishop of Canterbury from 1737. Educated at University College, Oxford, he was elected a fellow of Lincoln College in 1694 and regius professor of divinity at Oxford in 1707. As a High Church Whig he was a safe appointment to the bishopric of Oxford in 1715, hut his translation to Canterbury in 1737 was particularly unexpected, since , bishop of London and another High Church Whig, was the more popular candidate. Potter was an opponent of the Low Church party, particularly of Bishop Hoadly,* but his Whig political views ensured his good favor with the government. Among his works were A Discourse on (1707); Archaeologica Graeca (2 vols., 1697-99); and an edition of the works of (1715).