Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


PETERSON, Hugh, a Representative from Georgia; born on a farm near Ailey, Montgomery County, Ga., August 21, 1898; attended the public schools, Brewton Parker Institute, Mount Vernon-Ailey, Ga., and the University of Georgia at Athens; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1921 and commenced practice in Mount Vernon, Ga.; also engaged in agricultural pursuits and editorial work; served as mayor of Ailey, Ga., in 1922; member of the State house of representatives 1923-1931; served in the State senate in 1931 and 1932; elected as a Democrat to the Seventh-fourth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1947); chairman, Committee on Elections No. 3 (Seventy-seventh and Seventy-eighth Congresses), Committee on Territories (Seventy-ninth Congress); unsuccessful for renomination in 1946; practiced law in Ailey, Ga.; died in Sylva, N.C., October 3, 1961; interment in the Peterson family cemetery, Ailey, Ga.

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

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External Research Collections

Georgia Department of Archives and History

Atlanta, GA
Papers: In File II Names. File is primarily incoming correspondence to the Governor of Georgia. Finding aid in repository.

University of Georgia
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Athens, GA
Papers: ca. 1814-1961, 69 boxes. The Hugh Peterson Papers primarily document his political career in Georgia and Washington, D.C. as well as his personal and business affairs in Ailey, Georgia. They include legislative research files regarding agriculture, public lands and transportation, correspondence with contemporary politicians, campaign files, correspondence from constituents, speeches and statements, photographs, and artifacts. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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