Peter Buol

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Peter Buol (October 1, 1873 - February 11, 1939) was the first mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada (1911–1913).[1]

Biography[edit]

Peter Buol was born in Chicago, one of five sons born to Swiss immigrants Frank and Emma Buol.[1][2] Like his brothers, Peter initially trained under his father as a chef.[1] After growing up in Chicago and later in Bayfield County, Wisconsin, Peter married Lorena Patterson in Kansas City in 1899.[3] In 1901, he joined his father in Hollywood, though by 1904 he had arrived in Las Vegas.[1][4] Buol soon became involved in the mining, real estate, and artesian water industries.[1] His own efforts and his ability to inspire others to invest in Las Vegas helped increase the speed of its development in the early 1900s.[1]

Buol won the first election for mayor of Las Vegas by ten votes.[1] His term lasted from June 1911 until May 1913.[1] Buol was then elected to represent Clark County at the Nevada State Assembly for a two-year term (1913–14), followed by a four-year term to represent Clark County at the Nevada State Senate (1915–18).[4]

In 1925, Buol and his family relocated to Los Angeles.> After suffering a stroke in 1937, Buol died there in 1939.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i A. D. Hopkins, "Peter Buol: The Promoter" in The First 100: Portraits of the Men and Women Who Shaped Las Vegas (Las Vegas: Huntington Press, 1999).
  2. ^ Las Vegas Age, "Died," May 16, 1914 (Obituary of Frank Buol).
  3. ^ Jackson County, Missouri, Marriage License of Peter Buol and Lorena Patterson (1899).
  4. ^ a b MaryLou Carroll, "Born in the U.S.A. Peter Buol: Entrepreneur and public servant," Passages/Passagen 41 (Fall 2006):50-1.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Hopkins, A. D. "Peter Buol: The Promoter." In The First 100: Portraits of the Men and Women Who Shaped Las Vegas. Las Vegas: Huntington Press, 1999. http://www.1st100.com/part1/buol.html
  • Carroll, MaryLou. "Born in the U.S.A. Peter Buol: Entrepreneur and public servant." Passages/Passagen 41 (Fall 2006):50-1.
Preceded by
Mayor of Las Vegas
1911-1913
Succeeded by
W. L. Hawkins