Lewis P. Dayton

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Lewis P. Dayton
Portrait of Lewis P. Dayton
Mayor of Buffalo
In office
Preceded by Alexander Brush
Succeeded by Philip Becker
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the Erie County, 3rd district
In office
January 1, 1868 – December 31, 1868
Preceded by Roswell L. Burrows
Succeeded by James A. Chase
Personal details
Born 1821
Eden, New York
Died (1900-05-14)May 14, 1900
Buffalo, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) married three times; Grace Webster Holley, Mrs. Alice Maud Hayes, and Margaret Vogt
Children four children

Lewis P. Dayton (1821–1900) was Mayor of the City of Buffalo, New York, serving 1874–1875. He was born at Eden, New York on the family farm in 1821. He studied medicine in the office of Dr. Timothy T. Lockwood and moved to Buffalo. He graduated in 1846 from the Geneva Medical College, in Geneva, New York. He returned to Buffalo as a physician in the Black Rock section. Around 1846 he married Grace Webster Holley, who died at a young age. Dayton first remarried Mrs. Alice Maud Hayes, who died about a year after their marriage, then in 1892, he married Margaret Vogt.[2]

He was first elected an alderman from the 12th Ward in 1855. He was Erie County Clerk from 1865 to 1867. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Erie Co., 3rd D.) in 1868. In 1868, Dayton was appointed to the first Board of Park Commissioners and was chosen health physician for the City in 1871. On November 4, 1873, Dayton was elected mayor as the Democratic candidate. He did not seek a second term and retired to his private medical practice. He died on May 14, 1900, and was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery His brain was preserved in alcohol, possibly for medical research.[2]

The Dayton House that Lewis P. Dayton lived in while residing in Black Rock, is located at 243 Dearborn Street. This home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.[3]


  1. ^ Rizzo, Michael (2005). Through The Mayors' Eyes. Lulu. p. 424. ISBN 978-1-4116-3757-3. 
  2. ^ a b "Lewis P. Dayton". Through The Mayor's Eyes, The Only Complete History of the Mayor's of Buffalo, New York, Compiled by Michael Rizzo. The Buffalonian is produced by The Peoples History Union. 2009-05-27. 
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 11/07/11 through 11/10/11. National Park Service. 2011-11-18. 
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Roswell L. Burrows
New York State Assembly
Erie County, 3rd District

Succeeded by
James A. Chase
Political offices
Preceded by
Alexander Brush
Mayor of Buffalo, NY
Succeeded by
Philip Becker