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George Potter (1832 - 3 June 1893) was a trade unionist and educationist.

Born in Warwickshire, following an apprenticeship to a carpenter he moved to London in 1854. He quickly became a leading of the Progressive Society of Carpenters, and was a leading figure in the strikes and lockout of 1859.

In 1870 the first London School Board was formed and Potter unsuccessfully contested for a place. Three years later he stood again as a "working men's candidate", and was elected as one of the representatives for Westminster. Re-elected in 1876 and 1879, he lost his seat in 1882.

He died at his home at Clapham Common in 1893, having been taken ill a few days earlier at a demonstration in Trafalgar Square.

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