Dutton S. Peterson

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Dutton Stiles Peterson (December 10, 1894 – October 20, 1964) was an American Methodist minister and politician from New York.


He was born in Costello, Potter County, Pennsylvania. His father, Chris Peterson, was an immigrant from Holla, Telemark, Norway.[1] The family removed in 1911 to Steuben County, New York. In 1917, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and fought in World War I in France. After the war he graduated from Practical Bible Training School (now Davis College) in 1922[2] and King School of Oratory. He graduated B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1924; and from Boston University School of Theology in 1927.[3] He became a Methodist minister, and was the pastor of the Methodist Church in Odessa, Schuyler County, New York, from 1937 to 1960.

Political career[edit]

He entered politics as a Republican. Peterson was a member of the New York State Assembly (Schuyler Co.) in 1937, 1938, 1939–40 and 1941–42. He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1953 until his death in 1964, sitting in the 169th, 170th, 171st, 172nd, 173rd and 174th New York State Legislatures.

Personal life[edit]

In 1922, he married Martha Melintha Robinson (1899-1985). The couple had six children.[4] He died in Schuyler Hospital in Montour Falls, New York, of a heart attack;[5] and was buried at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Odessa.[6]


  1. ^ "Chris Peterson (Christopher Pettersen)". holla-og-lundeslekt.org. Archived from the original on August 15, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ Practical Bible Training School Class Book (1922; pg. 11)
  3. ^ New York Red Book (1963–1964; pg. 90)
  4. ^ "Martha Melintha Robinson". holla-og-lundeslekt.org. Archived from the original on August 15, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ Dutton S. Peterson, State Senator, 69 in the New York Times on October 21, 1964
  6. ^ "Dutton S. Peterson (b. 1894)". Scandinavian ancestry Politicians in New York. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Floyd E. Meeks
New York State Assembly
Schuyler County

Succeeded by
Edward K. Corwin
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Chauncey B. Hammond
New York State Senate
46th District

Succeeded by
Wheeler Milmoe
Preceded by
George T. Manning
New York State Senate
50th District

Succeeded by
Bryce Barden