PETERSON, Hugh, (1898 - 1961)

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.