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Robert Potter, Congressman from Granville County, was a leader in Texas' quest for independence from Mexico, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, and the first secretary of the Navy of the Republic of Texas. The same Robert Potter attacked and maimed two persons, served a prison term, was expelled from the NC House of Commons, and eventually was assassinated in Texas.
North Carolinians like James Morgan and Bob Potter both played integral roles in Gen. Santa Anna's defeat in the Texas War of Independence. Other contributors include the mulatto slave-girl named Emily D. West, subject of the popular song â€œThe Yellow Rose of Texas.â€ Accounts say West kept Gen. Santa Anna preoccupied and off guard during the outset of the decisive Battle of San Jacinto.
In 1824 through 1825, Jesse Bynum and Robert Potter campaigned for election to the North Carolina House of Commons. Won by Bynum, the competitors bickered and fought relentlessly until Bynum renounced the position, backing local tavern-keeper, Dixie Fenner.
Robert Potter's venal, violent, and vindictive temperament ruined what could have been a brilliant career. Lack of self-discipline caused his downfall and assassination. He was once Texan Secretary of the Navy during the Texan Revolution.
Robert Potter was one of the most brilliant figures ever to stride across the political scene in North Carolina, but his political genius was overshadowed and largely nullified by an unsurpassing violence and vindictiveness that landed him in jail on one occasion, resulted in his expulsion from the House of Commons on another, and finally led to his assassination.