Gilbert Peterson

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Gilbert Peterson
Born (1824-08-05)August 5, 1824
Mount Morris, New York
Died November 14, 1890(1890-11-14) (aged 66)
Lockport, New York
Occupation Contractor
Home town Lockport, New York
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Parker Peterson
Children Jesse Peterson
Charles Gilbert Peterson
Jennie Peterson
Elizabeth Peterson
Parent(s) Garret Cornelisen Peterson
Rebecca Babcock Peterson

Gilbert Peterson (August 5, 1824 - November 14, 1890), was an American contractor from Lockport, New York. He was the founder and President of Peterson & Sons, which he ran with his two sons, Charles Gilbert Peterson and Jesse Peterson. The company executed contracts building the waterworks of Toledo, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; part of the Genesee Valley Canal Railroad[1] and worked on multiple reservoirs in the Washington, DC area.[2][3] Previously he was a partner at Hunt, Peterson & Kinsley, responsible for enlarging Erie Canal between Middleport, New York and Gasport, New York in 1855, and canal repairs in Albany, New York, Frankfort, New York and Kilburn Hill, New York.[4] Peterson was Superintendent of both the eastern and western divisions of the Erie Canal and in 1867-1868, he was Alderman of the 2nd Ward of Lockport, New York.[5]

He is the great grandfather of Charles Sterling Bunnell.


  1. ^ "The Late Gilbert Peterson." Buffalo Morning Express 20 Nov. 1890.
  2. ^ United States. United States Congressional Serial Set. Washington: U.S. G.P.O., 1885.
  3. ^ "Obituary." The New York Times 16 Nov. 1890: 5.
  4. ^ Cutter, William Richard. Genealogical and Family History of Western New York: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation. New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co, 1912.
  5. ^ Lockport (N.Y.). Revised Charter and Ordinances of the City of Lockport. Lockport, N.Y.: Press of Roberts Bros. Co, 1913.