Peter R. Livingston

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For the New York delegate to the Continental Congress, see Peter Van Brugh Livingston.

Peter Robert Livingston (October 3, 1766 – January 19, 1847 Rhinebeck, New York) was an American politician who served as Acting Lieutenant Governor of New York from February to October 1828.

Life[edit]

He was the son of Robert James Livingston (1725–1771) and Susanna (Smith) Livingston (1729–1791, daughter of Chief Justice William Smith). He married Joanna Livingston (1759–1827; sister of Chancellor Robert R. Livingston and Edward Livingston).

He was a member of the New York State Senate (Southern D.) from 1815 to 1822, sitting in the 39th, 40th, 41st, 42nd, 43rd, 44th and 45th New York State Legislatures. In 1823, he was a member of the New York State Assembly (Dutchess Co.), and was elected Speaker. From 1826 to 1829, he was again a member of the State Senate (2nd D.), sitting in the 49th, 50th, 51st and 52nd New York State Legislatures. In 1828, when Lieutenant Governor Nathaniel Pitcher succeeded to the governorship after the death of Gov. DeWitt Clinton, Livingston was elected President pro tempore of the State Senate and became Acting Lieutenant Governor of New York.

He was again a member of the State Assembly (Columbia Co.) in 1839.

He was originally buried at the Dutch Reformed Church in Rhinebeck, but later reinterred at an unknown location.

Judge Maturin Livingston was his brother.

Sources[edit]

  • Jabez Delano Hammond: The History of Political Parties in the State of New York (Baltimore, 1850)
  • [1] Political Graveyard
Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel B. Romaine
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
1823
Succeeded by
Richard Goodell
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Stephen Thorn
New York State Senate
Second District (Class 3)

1826–1829
Succeeded by
Nathaniel P. Tallmadge
Preceded by
Nathaniel Pitcher
Lieutenant Governor of New York
Acting

1828
Succeeded by
Charles Dayan
Acting