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Collection Title:  Hugh Peterson, Sr. Papers 
Creator:  Peterson, Hugh, 1898-1961.
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Abstract:  Hugh Peterson (1898-1961), of Ailey, Georgia, served as a representative to the Georgia legislature from 1923 to 1931, a state senator from 1931 to 1932, and a United States Representative from Georgia’s First Congressional District from 1934 to 1946. His wife, Patience Elizabeth Russell Peterson (1902-2002), was the daughter of Judge Richard B. Russell, Sr. and sister of Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr. Peterson was heavily involved in creating the Georgia State Government Reorganization Bill of 1931 and, as a U.S. Representative, was active in sponsoring farm legislation. His congressional work included service on the Transportation, Territories, Rivers and Harbors, Public Lands, and Elections committees. After losing the 1946 election to Prince Preston of Statesboro, Peterson worked with General Lucius Clay in Germany in 1947 as a consultant. After his return, he devoted his time to practicing law in Ailey and serving as a lobbyist in Washington, D. C., for various businesses with interests in Georgia. The collection includes political, business and personal papers as well as campaign memorabilia, photographs, artifacts, maps, and books, all generated and collected by Hugh Peterson, Sr. The collection documents Hugh Peterson, Sr., Patience Russell Peterson (wife), Hugh Peterson, Jr. (son), their extended family (the Petersons and the Russells), and persons active in Georgia politics as well as members of Congress, other politicians and various business people active in Washington, D.C. during the 1920s through the 1960s.