North Carolina congressman Robert Potter castrated two men on August 28, 1831 he suspected of fooling around with his wife. The subsequent scandal and a six-month jail sentence led to his departure for Texas in 1835.
Potter signed the Declaration of Independence and was elected to the Republic senate in 1840. A participant in the Regulator-Moderator Feud, a band of Regulators surrounded his home in March 1842. Potter ran for a nearby lake but was shot to death before he could reach the safety of the water.