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GERRY, Peter Goelet

GERRY, Peter Goelet
Library of Congress
1879–1957

Biography

GERRY, Peter Goelet, (great–grandson of Elbridge Gerry [1744–1814]), a Representative and a Senator from Rhode Island; born in New York City on September 18, 1879; attended the public schools; graduated from Harvard University in 1901; studied law; admitted to the Rhode Island bar in 1906; member of the representative council of Newport in 1912; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third Congress (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1915); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1914; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1916; reelected in 1922 and served from March 4, 1917, to March 3, 1929; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1928; Democratic whip 1919-1929; chairman, Committee on Railroads (Sixty-fifth Congress); member of the Democratic National Committee 1932-1936; again elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1934; reelected in 1940 and served from January 3, 1935, to January 3, 1947; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1946; resumed the practice of law; died in Providence, R.I., October 31, 1957; interment in St. James Cemetery, Hyde Park, N.Y.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Brown University

Providence, RI
Papers: Ca. 10 items in various collections. Finding aid.

Providence College
Phillips Memorial Library

Providence, RI
Papers: 40 items (1930s-1940s) in J. Howard McGrath collection.
Oral History: Discussed in interviews (June 21, 1972-November 20, 1973) with Robert E. Quinn.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In Anson Phelps Stokes family papers, 1761-1960.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Schlup, Leonard, "Wilsonian Moralist: Senator Peter G. Gerry and the Crusade for the League of Nations," Rhode Island History 58 (February 2000): 23-32.

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