Charles F. Potter was born on 28 October 1885 in Marlboro, Massachusetts. His family was simple and hard-working (his father was employed in a shoe factory); they were also religious, and active in the First Baptist Church. From a very early age, the church and the school were Potter's two main interests. He was an excellent student and almost from the beginning was interested in religious questions. The church provided him with a number of opportunities to exhibit his quick mind, and its Sunday school and youth programs gave him opportunities for public speaking. At age fourteen, due to a lack of finances, Potter was forced to drop out of school to work in the office of the shoe factory. At the same time, he became a Sunday school teacher; the boys in his class asked many of the questions that he himself had asked. Because he had not yet discovered adequate answers, he determined to receive a college and theological school education. By taking a job in his spare time with the local paper, the Daily Enterprise, Potter was able to return to high school. At the age of seventeen, he had succeeded in having some fiction published in a magazine, and the Baptists had licensed him to preach.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.