Peter Buol

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Peter Buol
Member of the Nevada Senate
from the district
In office
In office
1st Mayor of Las Vegas
In office
June 1911 – May 1913
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byW. L. Hawkins
Personal details
Born(1873-10-01)October 1, 1873
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedFebruary 11, 1939(1939-02-11) (aged 65)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of deathStroke
Resting placeInglewood Park Cemetery
Inglewood, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

Peter Buol (October 1, 1873 – February 11, 1939) was an American politician. He was the first mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada from 1911 to 1913.[1] He was a member of the Republican Party.


Buol was born in Chicago, Illinois, 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 moved to Los Angeles, California. After suffering a stroke in 1937, Buol died there on February 11, 1939, at the age of 65.[1]


  • 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.
  • Carroll, MaryLou. "Born in the U.S.A. Peter Buol: Entrepreneur and public servant." Passages/Passagen 41 (Fall 2006):50-1.


  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.

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Preceded by
Office established
Mayor of Las Vegas
Succeeded by
W. L. Hawkins